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Watch: Wales-Ukraine celebrations feature in Conservative candidate’s leadership launch video

10 Jul 2022 3 minute read
Penny Mordaunt (CC BY 2.0) Right, Wales celebrate qualification for the World Cup.

Wales’ celebrations as they beat Ukraine and qualified for the World Cup have been featured in a Conservative leadership candidate’s launch.

Penny Mordaunt, who is one of the favourites to win the contest to become the next Prime Minister, launched her ‘PM4PM’ campaign today.

In a video promoting her candidacy, she said: “Our leadership has to change. It needs to become a little less about the leader and a lot more about the ship.”

The video features a clip of Wales beating Ukraine, overlaid with a voice saying: “There must be a focus on who we are.”

The clip of Wales’ victory is overlaid with the music of the British patriotic hymn “I vow to thee my country”.

“It will affect both our reputation, our government, and that of our country,” a voice intones over clips of the Jubilee celebrations and union jack bunting.

“These are the values of our country: freedom, fairness, courage, compassion.”

‘Not decided’

The leadership race opened up yesterday as the previous hot favourite, Defence Secretary Ben Wallace, announced that after “careful consideration” and discussion with colleagues and family, he will not be running to be leader and the next prime minister.

Former chancellor Rishi Sunak, Attorney General Suella Braverman, ex-minister Kemi Badenoch and senior Tory Tom Tugendhat have all launched their bids with further announcements anticipated over the coming days.

Foreign Secretary Liz Truss is widely expected to stand, while other potential front-runners include trade minister Penny Mordaunt, Chancellor Nadhim Zahawi, and former health secretaries Sajid Javid and Jeremy Hunt.

It was reported on Saturday that Boris Johnson intends to stand down as Prime Minister on Monday in order to run again for Tory leader.

But this suggestion was knocked down by a spokesperson for Mr Johnson as completely untrue.

Tory MP Mark Francois has said he believes at least 12 people will put their names forward.

He told GB News: “I haven’t yet decided who I am going to vote for.

“It looks like this is going to be the Grand National but without the fences, so we are probably heading for at least a dozen candidates at the moment.”


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Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
4 months ago

Vote none of the above…ych a fi !

Wrexhamian
Wrexhamian
4 months ago

Using the celebrations of the Wales win to promote a “We’re all British” message is very unsubtle propaganda, and very revealing of the Tory mindset.

Richard
Richard
4 months ago

It’s all a big misunderstanding. She apparently thought that the anthem, “Yma o hyd”, (newly discovered by Welsh football fans some forty years after it was first released) was referring to the conservative party -“we’re still here”. Which is true!

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
4 months ago

It was as plain as the nose on Fat Shanks’ face that his black heart was set on Infamy, this was his only chance at ‘Fame’. To go down big in history and by God he has done it, to eclipse his ‘hero’ Churchill in the annals of these Island whether by fair or foul means, of course he is incapable of being fair so foul it was…I said this on the Guardian two and a half years ago, a serial killer at arms length, a jabber watcher and as for sitting with 4 and 5 year old’s I will… Read more »

Last edited 4 months ago by Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
4 months ago
Reply to  Mab Meirion

Thanks Ed…

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
4 months ago

Javid, the self-confessed atheist was convinced of Fat Shanks’ unsuitability in a prayer meeting in parliament on Tuesday morning…this is the follower of Ayn Rand…how thick does he think the Brits are…don’t answer that…Arglwydd Mawr be nesaf ?

Y Cymro
Y Cymro
4 months ago

Tories will do anything to get elected. 🙄

Peter Cuthbert
Peter Cuthbert
4 months ago
Reply to  Y Cymro

In the interest of Public Health perhaps all the candidates adverts should have the health warning “Infected with Randism”, unless they were never infected in the first place.

Y Cymro
Y Cymro
4 months ago
Reply to  Peter Cuthbert

I second that. With an additional warning. Does contain nuts. 🥴🇬🇧

Gareth
Gareth
4 months ago
Reply to  Y Cymro

I third it, with , can damage your health

Y Cymro
Y Cymro
4 months ago
Reply to  Gareth

Never a truer word spoken! ☣️

Leigh Richards
Leigh Richards
4 months ago

I see that the convicted killer oscar pistorius also makes a cameo 😱 (around 1.00 in). These are errors no schoolchild would even make. Just when you think the british tories cannot become even more of a laughing stock

Androw Bennett
Androw Bennett
4 months ago

The image of a grand country house followed by back-to-back terraced housing is such a stupidly naive inclusion. It just confirms the Tories enjoyment of keeping the plebs down.

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