LONDON | British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss begins the final stage of the Downing Street race favored by the bookmakers against the former Finance Minister Rishi Sunak, whose economic record she attacks.
The day after their qualification for the final face-to-face, which will be decided by the members of the conservative party and the result will be announced on September 5, the two candidates presented their projects in the press.
Both believe they are best placed to beat the Labor opposition in the next election in 2024, which the accumulation of scandals under Boris Johnson has placed at the top of the polls.
In the popular newspaper Daily Mail, Liz Truss highlighted her approach “rooted in conservative values” and an immediate drop in the tax burden, which is at its highest “for 70 years”.
She thus promises to return to the recent increase in social security contributions, to suspend the tax levied on energy bills to help green energies, as well as an emergency budget.
In a Thursday morning BBC interview, she explained that she would have wanted “Boris to continue as Prime Minister”, despite the succession of scandals, “but he no longer had the support” of the party in Parliament.
Marking her difference with her former finance colleague Rishi Sunak, whose departure from the government at the start of the month helped precipitate the fall of Boris Johnson, she stressed that she was not the candidate for economic continuity.
“We cannot tax the path to growth”, she argued.
Favorable to remaining in the European Union in 2016, she estimated on Thursday morning that she had been “wrong”.
In the columns of the Daily Telegraph, which headlined “Avantage Truss” on Thursday, Rishi Sunak tries to counter the head of the diplomacy in the field of Margaret Thatcher's legacy.
“My values are Thatcherian, I believe in work, family and integrity”. “I am a Thatcherite, I compete as a Thatcherite, and I will govern as a Thatcherite”, he insists.
He thus promises “a series of reforms as radical as those that the ” Iron Lady” drove in the 1980s to unleash growth and prosperity in every corner of the UK”, and to “seize the freedoms that Brexit gave us”.