Liz Truss registered her Tory leadership campaign website more than a month ago – and soon after Boris Johnson narrowly survived a vote of no confidence.
The Foreign Secretary is competing with 10 other colleagues to become the next Prime Minister in a race sparked by Mr Johnson’s resignation last Thursday.
But publicly available information on his ‘Liz for Leader’ campaign website shows he was registered weeks ago.
The domain “lizforleader.co.uk” was registered on June 8, according to sites that display key dates for website domains.
It was just two days after Mr Johnson won a vote of no confidence which had been called on his leadership.
The foreign secretary threw her hat into the ring for the next Tory leader on Sunday with a promise to cut taxes and govern “as a Tory”.
She faces rivals such as Rishi Sunak and Sajid Javid, whose shock government resignations last week sparked a mass exodus of ministers unhappy with Mr Johnson’s leadership.
Other candidates include Chancellor Nadhim Zahawi, former Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt and International Trade Secretary Penny Mordaunt.
Mr Sunak also came under intense scrutiny when his leadership bid began to kick off. The Independent first reported that there were plans in January.
Those who support Mr Sunak shared a link to his campaign website, http://www.ready4rishi.com.
It seems that a site with a slightly different name, http://www.readyforrishi.com, which links to the official campaign page, was set up in December 2021.
Sunak’s team said domains are being bought all the time, adding that a number have been transferred.
Some of the candidates, such as Grant Shapps and Mr. Zahawi, did not appear to have websites created specifically for their leadership bid on Monday.
Mr Johnson has vowed to remain Prime Minister until his successor is chosen from the crowded list of candidates.
He made his first public appearance on Monday since announcing his resignation. He refused to back any of the candidates vying to replace him as leader of the Conservative Party, suggesting his support could be damaging.
Ms Truss was approached for comment by The Independent.