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Ex-magician’s assistant Penny Mordaunt casting a spell over her Tory colleagues

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Unlike the man she is seeking to succeed, Penny Mordaunt is not the type of Tory to rock up to a DUP conference.

“She is very pleasant and is most definitely a unionist. She believes in the Union in the broad sense, but her attitude to the DUP would be more, ‘We have to work with them and they have to work with us’,” said a Westminster source.

“She wouldn’t be anywhere near as friendly as Boris was to the party. I think, culturally, she would be much more comfortable with the Ulster Unionists and their brand of unionism than with the DUP.”

The woman who is the odds-on favourite to be the next Prime Minister is an “unknown quantity”, according to one Northern Ireland politician.

“That’s why she has broad appeal. She’s not deeply embedded in the public consciousness, so people are ascribing their views to her. Some of them are going to be disappointed,” the MP said.

“She’s a Brexiteer through and through, but she’s not trusted by some Brexiteers in the party

“She holds very socially liberal views,........

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