World · August 6, 2022

Truss gains support from the UK cabinet as voting in the PM contest begins

British Conservative leader Liz Truss won another heavyweight endorsement Monday as party members began a month of voting to decide the next occupant of 10 Downing Street.

Truss’ late rival, Rishi Sunak, has competed to make up for lost ground with a plan for future tax cuts and potentially to host a future Women’s World Cup in Britain after England’s’ Lionesses’ won the game. european championship.

Truss took part in Sunday’s final against Germany and the first victory of an English football team in a major tournament since 1966 swept the rush for prime minister from the headlines.

The Tory contenders would face off Monday in an election campaign in the southwestern city of Exeter, the second of 12 such events before the winner was announced on September 5.

Sunak, a refined debater, needs to regain momentum after Truss took a strong lead in polls on a platform of immediate tax cuts to tackle Britain’s worst cost-of-living crisis in generations.

Chancellor of the Exchequer Nadhim Zahawi has joined other luminaries in Boris Johnson’s cabinet in supporting the foreign minister against Sunak, his predecessor at the Treasury.

“Liz understands that the status quo is not an option in times of crisis,” Zahawi wrote in The Telegraph, attacking Sunak’s plan to prioritize fighting inflation now, before cutting taxes later.

“We need a ‘stimulator’ attitude towards the economy, not a ‘recipient’, to address the cost of living problems and challenges on the world stage,” said the new chancellor.

Sunak’s resignation from the scandal-tainted Johnson government helped trigger a ministerial exodus that forced the prime minister to retire last month.

When they started receiving ballot forms in the mail and online, pollsters said a large minority of the approximately 200,000 Tory members raised a complaint against Sunak, one shared by Johnson.

The prime minister is not formally taking sides, but has told aides that he intends to give his successor some words of advice, “whoever he is,” the Sunday Times reported.

– ‘Unpleasant, even dangerous’ –

Despite his endorsements from the likes of Zahawi, Defense Secretary Ben Wallace, former Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis and Tory centrist Tom Tugendhat, Truss warned against complacency.

Heading into the Exeter rip-offs, the foreign minister has greatly improved his sometimes robotic public delivery, most famously seen in a 2014 speech when she was environment secretary.

Returning to her former camp, the fanatical Remainer turned Brexit promised to “free” farmers from EU regulations to improve UK food security.

Truss also vowed to address agricultural labor shortages, partly caused by post-Brexit immigration restrictions that forced UK farmers to leave rotting fruit in the fields and slaughter healthy pigs.

Both contenders have stressed the need for unity once the elections are out of the way, aware that the opposition Labor Party is at the top of the polls amid the economic crisis and Johnson’s political turmoil.

But their supporters have not backed down, particularly the staunch ally of the trusses Nadine Dorries.

The culture secretary retweeted an image of Johnson as Julius Caesar, stabbed in the back by Sunak.

Last year, Conservative MP David Amess was stabbed to death by a follower of the Islamic State group.

In view of this, Dorries’ retweet was “nasty and even dangerous,” Sunak supporter Greg Hands, a government minister, told Sky News.

Truss’s campaign manager, Labor and Pensions Secretary Therese Coffey, has distanced herself from the campaign from Dorries.

“I hinted that a lot of colleagues were upset about it,” Coffey told Times Radio.

Sunak has meanwhile received his own approval from former Conservative leader William Hague, his predecessor as an MP in their Northern England constituency.

“I campaigned with literally thousands of candidates. I mentored dozens, ”Hague said in a video message.

“It soon became apparent that this was the most assiduous and effective I had ever known,” he said, calling Sunak “highly disciplined” and “rational”.