Rishi Sunak rushed to the side of a television host after passing out live on air during a debate over the UK’s prime ministerial election, which was canceled midway through.
Secretary of State Liz Truss was making a point about her economic plans when she was elected leader of the Conservative Party when she reacted on-screen with horror to the sound of an off-screen crash.
The newspaper ‘The Sun’, which co-hosted the debate with ‘TalkTV’ on Tuesday night, reported on what happened behind the scenes when the station had to switch studios after host Kate McCann felt unwell.
The paper quoted eyewitnesses as saying the former chancellor “ran to Kate’s side”.
Liz Truss also went to check on the presenter and both candidates saw them kneeling to see if she was okay.
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“Kate McCann passed out during the broadcast last night and although she is fine the medical advice was that we should not continue the debate. We apologize to our viewers and listeners,” said a spokesperson for News UK, the company behind ‘TalkTV’. . .
When the debate was interrupted for about 30 minutes, a message on TalkTV and the online stream of ‘The Sun’ read: “We are sorry for the disruption of this program.” The contestants continued to answer questions from “The Sun” readers after the show went off the air.
Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss argued over the issue of taxes, the election’s main dividing line, with Truss’s former plans to cut taxes being labeled “morally wrong.”
“I think the readers of ‘The Sun’ are smart enough and have enough common sense to know that you don’t get something for nothing,” said the 42-year-old British Indian former chancellor.
“It’s important that we leave behind our children and our grandchildren, and I think it’s important to think about that legacy, and I don’t want to take them into account,” he said.
Liz Truss, 47, hit back with some of the arguments played out between the two finalists as they step up their campaign to win votes from Tory members.
“It’s wrong that we currently have the highest tax burden in this country that we’ve had in 70 years. And I believe the readers of ‘The Sun’ want us to stick to our manifest commitment not to raise taxes,” he said. they.
On Wednesday, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said he would scrap the 5 percent value-added tax (VAT) rate on household energy bills if prices continue to rise later this year.
The former finance minister, who has so far promised no tax cuts in his campaign and has focused instead on the urgency of curbing inflation, said the plan would help families with rising living costs.
Rishi Sunak has described the move as a “temporary and targeted” tax cut that would save average households £160 a year, ensuring people “get the support they need” while also “reducing price pressures”.
It marks a tactical reshuffle of the Ready4Rishi campaign team to try and regain lost ground, with bookies odds and Tory voter polls pointing to a bigger lead for Truss in the race to 10 Downing Street.
The Truss camp labeled the VAT move as a “screeching U-turn” and said in their own announcements that the Secretary of State would target police to cut murder, serious violence and neighborhood crime by 20 percent by the end of the current period. Reduce. Parliament.
The Sunak campaign dismissed these proposals as a “lightweight plan based on publishing data that the government is already doing”.
The ballots will be delivered to Tory members starting next Tuesday, when the finalists face off in another live debate on ‘Sky News’.
In addition, they travel up and down the country to address a series of name-calling to court members of the Conservative Party before the vote closes on September 2 and the results are announced on September 5.
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