iz Truss’s campaign for the #10 was boosted by a lot of support from him and his rival. Rishi Sunak In the first official clashes with Tory members in Leeds, he was met with outrage from voters.
Defense Minister Ben Wallace He threw his support behind Ms Truss as she criticized Mr Sunak for “walking out the door” of Boris Johnson’s cabinet.
It came after the candidates were quizzed separately on a range of policy areas, as well as predictions for the women’s Euro 2022 final, as they sought to woo northern voters in the race for the top job.
The event hosted by LBC Nick FerrariIt was the first of 12 sessions for party faithful across the country to question the final two contenders before voting for the next Tory leader and prime minister closes on September 2.
Although they did not address each other directly, taxes continued to be a significant dividing line between the couple.
Mr Sunak took a veiled hit at Ms Truss, saying he was “not going to start a mischief by taking tens and tens of billions of pounds of unfunded pledges and putting them on the nation’s credit card”.
Meanwhile, Ms Truss criticized the windfall taxes which Mr Sunak imposed in one fell swoop on energy companies as chancellor.
He said. “I don’t believe in windfall taxes because they delay future investment.
“What we need to do is encourage Shell and other companies to invest in the UK because we need to increase our productivity, we need capital investment.”
But he avoided getting hung up on potential changes to inheritance tax.
“I think our tax system is not working in Britain. It’s too complicated. It’s even more complicated than the American tax system, which we know is a nightmare,” he said.
“What I would do is a complete overhaul of the tax system. I want to make it fairer for families, so if people take time off work to care for children or elderly relatives, they won’t be penalized. And I would also look at inheritance tax as part of that review.”
The two candidates kicked off the event with speeches to the audience, with Ms Truss drawing on her Yorkshire roots.
Reflecting on his upbringing in Leeds, he said it was “fantastic” to be back at his “old stomping ground”, adding that he hoped none of his former teachers were in the audience.
He also mentioned his move to Norfolk, the seat of his constituency, and the fact that he has become a supporter of Norwich City FC.
He said “I want us to channel the spirit of Don Revie”, the former Leeds United and England manager, because “we have to win”.
“And, my friends, we can win against Keir Starmer, a patronizing plastic patriot,” he added.
Mr Sunak said he was “having the time of my life” campaigning for the top job.
He outlined his vision to tackle NHS waiting lists, “catch” inflation and “restore confidence, rebuild the economy, reunify our country”.
The former chancellor admitted she was trailing Ms Truss in the polls but vowed to fight for every vote.
He said. “We will have to appeal to swing voters in every part of our country. And I believe in my heart that I am the person, I am the candidate that gives our party the best chance to secure that victory.”
The latest YouGov polls showed Mr Sunak has a significant lead over his rival in 2019 Tory voters leaving the party, even though both candidates are “significantly unpopular” with the public as a whole.
He later denied that his pledge to cut VAT on energy rents was a U-turn, saying it was “sensible that there is more than we can do”.
Mr Sunak also said he would not support moving the House of Lords, adding: “I don’t think it makes sense for the government’s practical activities to separate us.”
I want us to channel the spirit of Don Revy
And he suggested a “cartel of buyers” where “everyone would agree to pay a fixed amount for Russian energy” to deprive Moscow of “revenues that fund its war effort.”
Ms Truss said she would return the whips’ office to 12 Downing Street.
He also argued that “single-sex spaces should be protected,” especially for young people.
Applying Minister of foreign affairsOne audience member called for a policy that ensures girls can go to the bathroom in any school in the country in a safe environment.
Mrs. Truss replied. “I completely agree with you. I have sought to make it clear that, as Minister for Women, I have made it very clear that single sex areas must be protected, particularly for young people, and also … for vulnerable women in domestic violence shelters, for example.
“And I can assure you that as Prime Minister, I will direct that to happen because our girls need … it’s a difficult time to be a teenager, to be a young girl, and you need to be able to have the privacy that you need in your own bathroom. So I agree with you 100% and I would do that.”
Speaking to The Sun, Mr Wallace described the Foreign Secretary as “genuine, honest and experienced” with “integrity” for the top job.
He also wrote in The Times that Ms Truss “won not because she is a shrewd saleswoman but because she is genuine”.
Away from the political issues, both leadership candidates were asked how they expect Lionesses their highly anticipated clash with Germany at Wembley on Sunday.
Ms Truss said she believed England would go 2-0, adding that she was going to attend with the German foreign minister so “it would be a huge egg on my face if it didn’t happen”.
Mr Sunak said the Lions would “obviously” come away victorious.
After the No 10 contenders were grilled by Tory members for Boost for Truss
SourceAfter the No 10 contenders were grilled by Tory members for Boost for Truss