officially kicked off her leadership bid today with a slick video vowing to return to ‘core Tory principles’ – as the battle threatened to turn nasty.
The joined the fight with the race looking increasingly chaotic after 11 candidates declared, and seriously considering making it a dozen by throwing her hat into the ring.
Many of the contenders are turning their fire on Mr Sunak, who appears to be the front runner – with a bitter row going on over how and when to slash taxes.
Mr Sunak is pitching himself as the PM who will take difficult choices, sportsbook software but rivals have swiped about a pact with former No10 chief who they say has been posting ‘poisonous’ claims online.
Ms Truss is vowing to return to ‘proper Conservative policy’ with tax cuts ‘from day one’ and business rates reforms.She suggested that the £2trillion debt mountain should be put on a ‘longer-term’ footing in order to give immediate wriggle-room.
In her video, she played up her experience at the top levels of government and said the party needs to ‘deliver, deliver, deliver’ to win the next general election.
Meanwhile, Tom Tugendhat has released his own promo insisting he represents a clean break and return to integrity.
As the leadership contest ramps up:
- The powerful 1922 committee will thrash out the details of the leadership contest tonight, with the threshold for nominations expected to be set high to cut the number of candidates;
- Tory leadership hopefuls came out swinging with promises to slash taxes – with Sajid Javid and Tom Tugendhat among those pledging to scrap the hated national insurance hike;
- Nadhim Zahawi has said he would force every Government department to cut running costs by 20 per cent to fund tax cuts, as he hit out at ‘smears’ over his tax affairs, saying he does not benefit from an offshore trust and has never held non-domicile status;
- Former Levelling Up Secretary Michael Gove backed Kemi Badenoch in the leadership race;
- Penny Mordaunt’s campaign got off to a bumpy start after it emerged that convicted killer Oscar Pistorius featured in her promotional video.
Liz Truss joined the fight with the race looking increasingly chaotic after 11 candidates declared, and Priti Patel seriously considering making it a dozen by throwing her hat into the ring
Former chancellor Rishi Sunak, 42, is currently the lead candidate in the Tory leadership race with the highest number of MPs backing his campaign
Chancellor Nadhim Zahawi chairs a meeting with Andrew Bailey, The Governor of the Bank of England, and meets other Treasury ministers as he begins work in HM Treasury
Meanwhile, Tom Tugendhat has released his own promo insisting he represents a clean break and return to integrity
Mr Sunak’s bid to be crowned Tory leader is already being countered by a ‘mucky memo’ of claims about the ex-chancellor being circulated among MPs
Dominic Cummings, pictured in north London, is said to have worked with the former Chancellor for ‘quite a long time’
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