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Follow live updates as the battle to lead the Conservative party is played out in a round of broadcast interviews with some of the key contenders

Here are the key points and passages from Raab’s interview with Marr.

Raab wants to renegotiate the withdrawal bill with a threat of walking out without a deal:

I would fight for a fairer deal in Brussels with negotiation to change the backstop arrangements and if not I would be clear we would leave on WTO terms in October.

There is a clearly a reasonable ask that we can make, one that had the approval of the House of Commons around the so-called Brady amendment, in particular making sure we have to an exit from the backstop. We need to be absolutely resolute in a way that weren’t last time.

My experience was of being undermined by some others in government so we would need to have a very well organised number 10 operation and a united cabinet.

I resigned on principle because I tried very hard to fight for the deal that I’m still fighting for now. And when my advice wasn’t taken by the prime minister or indeed by the cabinet. I did the honourable thing.

I voted to avoid the European elections and any further extension. I only voted only to avoid an extension which was bad idea and I think I have been proved right about that.

There is no case for a further extension. We have got to bring some finality to this. I will not asks for an extension. Of course if parliament legislates then we would be in a difficult position, but as the Institute for Government points out it would be very difficult for parliament to legislate against no deal or in favour an extension unless resolute prime minister is willing to acquiesce in that. And I would not.

“I always listen to all sides of this debate, from Nigel Farage to others.”

“That’s not what I would be aiming for. My aim is not to cosy up with other parties, my aim is to keep Conservative promises, present an optimistic, aspirational vision of the future, then go and beat Jeremy Corbyn.”

I’ve talked about raising the National Insurance threshold and I’ve talked about taking a penny off the basic rate of income tax. Overtime my ambition would be to get the basic rate down from 20p to 15p.

Taking penny off and [raising] the National Insurance threshold would come to around £15bn. We have got £26bn worth of headroom within our deficit target. I would cut down the number of Whitehall departments, cut out the bureaucracy. I would have a special commission looking at public sector procurement particularly in the NHS and the MoD. And then I would recycle roughly half of that into front line services and half into the tax cuts.

Chancellor Philip Hammond has refused to rule out backing a no confidence vote in the government if the new leader went for a no-deal Brexit.

Speaking to the Marr programme he said he had never voted against the Conservative whip, and did not want to start now.

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