UK Prime Minister Race: Rishi Sunak Wins Voters in Television Debate with Liz Truss

London, August 5th: Former Prime Minister Rishi Sunak convincingly won an audience of Conservative Party members in a direct televised debate with rival Foreign Secretary Liz Truss in a leadership contest to elect the new Tory leader and British prime minister.

On Thursday night’s ‘Sky News’ ‘Battle for No. 10’, the finalists came face-to-face with Conservative MPs who were entitled to vote in the election but mostly undecided on their choice. I was. After two candidates debated why he should replace Boris Johnson at 10 Downing Street, the audience was asked which one he thought won the debate, and with a show of hands he chose Sunak. UK PM Race: Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss advance to the final round of the leadership race.

That would be a boost to the British-Indian former minister, who trails Truss in the latest polls. Her last poll put her ahead of Sunak by about 32 points among Tories. The former finance minister has stuck to her own core policy, focusing her message on the need to grasp soaring inflation ahead of tax cuts.

“But it all starts with not making things worse, because if you ignite this inflationary spiral, all of us, all of you, will end up with higher mortgage rates, savings and pensions. It is exhausted and millions of people are miserable,” he said.

It came just hours after warning of a looming recession as the Bank of England raised interest rates. Mr Truss argued a recession was “inevitable” and promised “bold” action compared to the caution of his rivals.

But Sunak dismissed accusations that it was the tax burden that caused the recession, saying, “That’s just wrong. It’s inflation that’s causing the recession.”

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