Rishi Sunak admitted he was the underdog in the race to become the next Conservative Party leader and British Prime Minister, but vowed to fight for every vote.
Admitting his pledge not to cut personal taxes until inflation is under control, the former Treasury Secretary has not been universally popular, telling Conservative members at the first official hustings event: “Even though it hasn’t made my life easy. , it’s the honest thing to do.”
His rival, Foreign Secretary Liz Truss – who has pledged to cut taxes once she takes office – appeared to be welcomed more warmly at the meeting in Leeds, northeast England, on Thursday evening. Truss promised a “complete overhaul” of the UK tax system, saying it was “too complicated” and should be fair to families.
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Truss also got a big boost when Defense Secretary Ben Wallace stated that he supported her as prime minister, telling The Sun newspaper that Sunak was wrong to walk out of cabinet and bring about Johnson’s downfall.
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Sunak is trying to penetrate Truss’ broad poll among Tory members as he attempts to replace Boris Johnson as prime minister. The pair will embark on a series of scavenger hunts across the UK this summer in an attempt to garner the votes of around 175,000 party members, before the winner is announced on September 5.
“I know the polls say I’m behind in this race,” Sunak said in his opening pitch. ‘I ask for all your support. And I promise you, I’m going to fight for every vote.”
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In a thinly veiled dig at Truss, he warned that unfunded tax cuts were “not responsible and certainly not conservative.”
But Truss said now was “not the time for business as usual”. She underlined her promises to reverse a national insurance hike and keep corporate taxes ‘low’, and she received applause for her promise to deliver a major rail project in northern England known as Northern Powerhouse. Rail.