Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss have continued their Tory leadership campaigns as a hustings took place in Cardiff.
The two candidates for the next party leader and prime minister tried to persuade Conservative Party members to vote for them as they outlined their stance on key issues including the cost of living crisis.
During the hustings, she said the comments had been “misinterpreted” by “the media” and that a pay cut was never an option.
The policy, announced in a press release written by Ms Truss’s campaign, claimed $8.8bn
But critics pointed out that – although Ms Truss called it “Whitehall’s war on waste” – teachers, nurses and police officers across the country would face pay cuts to meet the projected savings.
The policy and subsequent about-face was noted by her competitor, Mr Sunak, who told the Cardiff audience: “I’m glad she reversed that policy because I didn’t think she was the right one.
“I think it would have meant that potentially almost half a million workers in Wales would have taken a pay cut, which I don’t think is the right policy.”
Meanwhile, Mr Sunak signaled his intention to lower inheritance tax if he is elected the new Tory leader.
He said: “I have a plan in place to consistently lower income tax over time because I want to reward hard work. But I’m a very strong believer, as you’ve heard from my earlier comments, of supporting aspirations.
“I think that’s a conservative value that a lot of us in this space will appreciate, and inheritance tax is a way of doing that.
“So should we look at that over time? Of course we should, because people who work hard should be rewarded for it.
“If you want to build something and leave it to your family, that’s a totally conservative instinct, and a government I get to lead would be very happy to support that instinct. That’s what a Conservative Prime Minister should do.”
Last updated: Tuesday, July 26, 2022 at 7:13 p.m
Debate canceled after incident
TalkTV has apologized to viewers after announcing today’s debate would be canceled altogether.
Presenter Kate McCann fainted in the studio while the debate was still going on, resulting in the event being canceled.
It has now been announced that the show has been canceled and will not be returning to screens.
The broadcaster said in a statement: “Kate McCann passed out on air tonight and although she is fine, medical advice has been that we should not continue the debate.
“We apologize to our viewers and listeners.”
Debate on break due to medical issues
The debate was adjourned because of a “medical issue”.
A spokesman for The Sun said: “There has been a medical issue, we hope to be back on the air soon.”
TalkTV tweeted that there were no security issues at the studio and that Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak were not involved in the medical incident.
Discussion about hiatus due to studio output
The leadership debate was interrupted due to an incident in the studio.
Liz Truss was answering a question when there was a loud crack and the transmission was cut off.
The candidates grilled about the cost of living crisis
Arguably one of the most immediate issues affecting people’s lives is the cost of living, and Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss have been grilled over their plans to curb soaring prices.
Ms Truss said: “As Prime Minister, I will be putting money in people’s pockets from day one, driving growth and creating opportunity with a new growth plan.
“It is wrong that we currently have the highest tax burden in this country that we have had in 70 years.”
Ms Truss also pledged to support rural communities with alignment plans to reduce the cost of homegrown food.
Mr Sunak drew on his experience as Chancellor to show voters he had already taken steps to remedy this, adding that “I will do more if the situation calls for it”.
Sunak and Truss take part in a debate hosted by The Sun
Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss face off in their second public debate.
Hosted by The Sun and TalkTV, the public could send their questions directly to the candidates.
Sunak and Truss assess Boris Johnson’s tenure
The debate was rounded off with a quick Q&A by moderator Sophie Raworth.
She asked the two candidates how they would rate Boris Johnson’s time as Prime Minister of 10.
Mrs. Truss quickly gave Mr. Johnson a seven.
Mr Sunak initially said Mr Johnson was doing a good job until he stumbled.
He then explained that he would give the future former Prime Minister a 10 if he got Brexit done, and for that he would get a round of applause from the audience.
The candidates downplay Nadine Dorries’ tweet
The two candidates tried to squash comments from the Culture Secretary, in which she compared Ms Truss’ £4.50 Claire’s Acssessories earrings to Mr Sunak’s £3,500 designer suit.
BBC Politics Editor Chris Mason pressed the couple for a response when asked if Ms Dorries’ comments were relevant.
Mr Sunak downplayed claims that this was representative of low blows and personal attacks during the competitive race, adding that he had the utmost respect for his fellow contestants throughout the process.
Ms Truss echoed his comment when asked if Ms Dorries, who has supported her campaign, was right to comment on issues including fashion to compare the two.
Sunak and Truss clash over cost-of-living plans and tax policy
The debate started with one of the hottest topics on everyone’s lips – the current cost of living crisis.
Former Chancellor Rishi Sunak laid out plans for “long-term solutions”, adding that Britain needed more “own energy”.
However, Liz Truss vowed to make plans to tackle the cost of living immediately, including scrapping the Social Security increase introduced in April.
She said she would impose a “temporary moratorium” on the green electricity levy and “take advantage of Brexit opportunities”.
Mr Sunak criticized Ms Truss’ plans to start paying off Covid debts within the next three years, adding that her tax cut plans would result in a further spike in inflation.
BBC debate begins with Sunak and Truss
Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss have launched their first televised debate amid the runoff campaign.
The couple will compete over issues like the cost of living while Conservative Party members make their decision.
Rishi Sunak agrees to TV interview with Andrew Neil while Liz Truss declines
Tory leadership hope Rishi Sunak has agreed to be interviewed by veteran political journalist Andrew Neil, while his rival Liz Truss has so far declined, Channel 4 has said.
The former Chancellor is being grilled live on the network on Friday at 7.30pm, where Neil is hosting a weekly politics program after leaving the BBC and GB News.
In a dig at his opponent, Mr Sunak tweeted:
Ian Katz, Channel 4’s Chief Content Officer, tweeted: