UK PM candidate Mordaunt says 'in it to win it', no deal with Johnson

© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Britain’s Leader of the House of Commons Penny Mordaunt walks during the annual Conservative Party conference in Birmingham, Britain, October 2, 2022. REUTERS/Toby Melville/File Photo

LONDON (Reuters) – Penny Mordaunt said she was staying in the race to become British prime minister despite trailing rivals Rishi Sunak and Boris Johnson in the number of declared backers, dismissing a report that she had discussed a deal with Johnson.

“I’m very confident about the progress we are making. I say to you that I’m in this to win it,” she told the BBC’s Sunday with Laura Kuenssberg programme.

She said a report that she had discussed pulling out with Johnson in return for the promise of a job was “completely false”.