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Tory leadership: What are the candidates’ voting records? From Brexit to LGBT rights

One way to look at Tory leadership candidates is their voting record in parliament.

Generally, most have voted with the Tory whip, and their record will depend when they were in the party and what it was following at the time.

Here are summaries of their votes on key issues, with help from the website TheyWorkForYou.

Brexit

During the EU referendum Rishi Sunak campaigned to leave the EU. In terms of parliamentary votes, he has generally followed the Tory whip on EU matters.

LGBT rights

Rishi Sunak hasn’t been an MP long enough to be present for any significant votes on LGBT rights; he was absent for a vote permitting same sex marriage in Northern Ireland

Social security

The website TheyWorkFor you says Rishi Sunak has “consistently voted for a reduction in spending on welfare benefits” with 23 votes for and 0 against.

Tax

On tax, Rishi Sunak has generally followed the Tory whip. He has consistently voted against higher taxes on banks and voted to reduce capital gains tax.

Brexit

During the EU referendum Penny Mordaunt campaigned to leave the EU. In terms of parliamentary votes, she has generally followed the Tory whip on EU matters.

LGBT rights

Penny Mordaunt has always voted in favour of LGBT rights, including same-sex marriage.

Tory leadership candidate Tom Tugendhat

Social security

The website TheyWorkFor you says Penny Mordaunt has “almost always voted for a reduction in spending on welfare benefits” with 47 votes for and zero against.

Tax

On tax, Penny Mordaunt has backed some higher taxes on banks but generally voted to reduce capital gains tax. She has also voted for increasing the rate of VAT.

Penny Mordaunt entered the race to be Prime Minister last week (Aaron Chown/PA)

Foreign Secretary Liz Truss (Kirsty O’Connor/PA)

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