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Truss is “fighting for every vote” as his leadership bid gathers momentum

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iz Truss said he is fighting for “every vote” in the race for No. 10, despite having an advantage over his rival. Rishi Sunak it was further boosted by the endorsement of another party heavyweight.

It Minister of foreign affairs trumpeted his “support from all parts of the Conservative Party” after winning the backing of Tory centrist Tom Tugendhat in the contest.

Sunak faces an uphill battle as he seeks to win over Conservative members, who polls suggest are more likely to vote for Ms Truss as the next party leader and prime minister.

Both candidates continued to fly across the country on Saturday to meet with voters for their weekend campaigns.

Stop during the campaign BromleyMs Truss was asked if her lead over Mr Sunak in the member polls meant the contest was hers to lose.

He told reporters. “This is a very, very close race and I’m fighting for every vote.”

He said he was “absolutely delighted” by Mr Tugendhat’s endorsement, but described it as “too early” to say whether he would be named his foreign minister, a job Mr Tugendhat said he hoped to get, while insisting he was ” They didn’t promise anything.” .

I think it is absolutely right not to add fuel to the fire of the inflation problem that we already have.

“He’s a very, very talented person and I’m very grateful to have support from all parts of the Conservative Party as we need to reunite after this leadership election.”

The Foreign Secretary also discussed his plans to make it easier for renters to get on the housing ladder by overhauling mortgage rules.

“I think the idea that someone can sit in Whitehall and decide exactly which houses go up in the country is completely wrong,” he said.

“I also want to make it easier for people who have rented to get on the housing ladder to show all the money they’ve paid in rent against their ability to get a mortgage.”

Mr Tugendhat, who joined Ms Tracy at a campaign event at Biggin Hill Airport, dismissed the idea that Mr Sunak should drop out of the race.

“No, he shouldn’t quit,” said Mr. Tugendhat, who himself was recently kicked out of the competition.

“He will have to compete and challenge to win the votes and support of UK members and I’m sure he will.”

Mr Sunak tweeted photos of himself campaigning with supporters in the south of England with the caption: “Saturday is busy with hundreds of members meeting. I wouldn’t have it any other way.”

The former chancellor was to attack the “nonsense” in a speech apparently designed to galvanize the Tories with impassioned rhetoric on so-called culture war issues.

He was expected to tell supporters in West Sussex that he would stop “left-wing campaigners” from “bulldozing our history, our traditions and our fundamental values”.

Both candidates to succeed Boris Johnson have promised to be “champions of the rural lifestyle” for rural communities.

Writing for Countryside Alliance magazine, Ms Truss pledged to “put planning powers in the hands of local people” and boost Britain’s domestic food production by “removing the red tape” from the producer inspection regime.

Mr Sunak, in a separate article in the campaigning organisation’s magazine, said his “mission has always been to do something for rural communities, not ‘them'”, without setting specific policies to help them.

Mr. Sunak was again on the defensive about taxes Andrew Neal on Friday, denying accusations that his policies would lead to a recession and warning that Mrs Truss’ plans for huge tax cuts would “fuel” inflation.

The veteran political journalist challenged Mr Sunak on his plans to tighten fiscal policy at a time when “the global economy is grinding to a halt as monetary policy tightens”, suggesting he would “ensure a recession”.

Mr. Sunak said: “I think it’s absolutely right that we don’t add fuel to the fire of the inflation problem that we already have.

“What we need to do is focus on long-term growth because that’s what we need, sustainable growth, not a sugar rush that will make us feel better for months but then it gets out of hand, let inflation to enter the system. , may the Bank of England be forced to respond with even higher interest rates.”

Mr Sunak was grilled for nearly half an hour by Mr Neill about the economy, immigration and his wife’s tax status in a Channel 4 interview which Ms Truss has so far refused to take part in.

Andrew Neil with Rishi Sunak ahead of a Channel 4 interview on Friday (Jonathan Brady/PA) / PA wire

On Ms Truss’ proposal for more than £30bn of unfunded tax cuts, which has consistently put her ahead in the member polls, Mr Sunak this week made a U-turn by pledging to temporarily cut VAT on energy bills.

However, the policy reversal appears to have failed to secure the support of Tory voters, with 43% of them believing Ms Truss would make a better prime minister, compared to 32% for Mr Sunak, according to a poll by i newspaper BMG Research.

Mr Sunak’s fiscal policy was criticized by Mr Tugendhat, who wrote in The Times that it was “not right” that the tax burden should rise as people go into winter “in fear”.

The chairman of the foreign affairs select committee was one of the latest senior Tories to announce his support for Ms Truss after an earlier endorsement by Defense Secretary Ben Wallace, significant given her popularity among party members and her lead among centre-right MPs.

Truss is “fighting for every vote” as his leadership bid gathers momentum

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