Key moments when Truss and Cinque face a grill from Tory members during a TV debate.


With Roman skeletons in their closets and clashes over their economic policies as the Bank of England warns of a protracted recession, Liz Truss and Rishi Shanks discuss the various topics at length during their latest televised debate.

The two Tory leadership hopefuls took part in Sky News’ ‘The Battle for Number 10’ on Thursday night, which saw them take separate questions from party members.

Both of them were also interviewed by Sky News presenter Kay Burley.

Here are the key points raised during the 90-minute long TV event.

– Ms Truss and Mr Sink clashed over their economic policies after the Bank of England warned of a prolonged recession.

The Foreign Secretary insisted that recession was not inevitable when asked about the Bank of England’s forecast of an outright recession and 13% inflation.

He told the studio audience: “What the Bank of England has said today is of course very worrying, but it is not inevitable. We can change the outcome and we can make it more likely that the economy will grow.” Do it.

She said she wanted to keep taxes low and “grow the economy by taking advantage of post-Brexit freedom, continuing to invest, changing things like procurement rules and doing things differently.” Do your best to”.

On the other hand, the former chancellor warned that Ms Truss’ plan would make the dire economic situation worse, adding “fuel to the fire” and warning of “misery for millions”.

He said: “We need to be real and fast in the Conservative Party because the economy lights are going red and the main reason is inflation.

“I fear that Liz Truss’ plans will make the situation worse.”

– Ms Truss said she had ‘no skeletons’ in her closet and Mr Sink insisted he had never benefited financially from tax havens.

Ms Truss told the Sky News debate she insisted she had nothing to hide: “There are no skeletons in my closet.

“I think everything I’ve said and done is publicly known.”

Meanwhile, the former chancellor was asked if he had ever benefited financially from tax havens, to which he quickly replied “no”.

When told about Thallium Partners, a venture capital firm he co-founded, which was registered in the Cayman Islands, Mr Sink said: “I have never personally benefited and I have also lived and paid normal taxes.”

Rishi Singh during a Sky News special (Chris Lubina/Sky News) / PA Media

– Mr. Sink said he would not back down.

Mr Sink insisted he would “fight incredibly hard until the last day” of the leadership campaign, telling a Conservative Party member in the audience that there was “no quick answer” when asked if there was a point. On which they will turn aside. Race to become a leader

He said he was “fighting for something that I really believe in and want to make you all understand that I am right”.

– Ms Truss continues to face questions over her policy U-turn

The Foreign Secretary was told by an audience member that his £8.8 billion policy pledge to cut the public sector wage bill was “pretty disgusting” and asked to apologise.

Ms Truss repeated her claim that she had decided to abandon the policy proposal because it was being misinterpreted, and stopped short of an apology.

Instead, she said: “I don’t think there’s anything to be ashamed of, publicly saying that it’s not working the way I wanted it to work, and that’s why I took a position on it. has changed and I’m not going forward. This.”

Liz Truss during a Sky News special (Chris Lubina/Sky News) / PA Media

– Ms Truss said she would not travel to Taiwan as Prime Minister.

Ms Truss has said she will not visit Taiwan if she becomes prime minister.

When Sky News presenter Kay Burley was asked about this, the Foreign Secretary said: “No. It has been our long-standing position that the Foreign Secretary, the Ministry of Defense and the Prime Minister do not visit Taiwan.

The Foreign Secretary was also asked whether Britain should start arming Taiwan amid tensions with China.

He told the Sky News debate: “We need to make sure that democracies like Taiwan are defended. And yesterday I spoke with my fellow G7 foreign ministers about the very difficult situation in Taiwan and the rhetoric. Made a statement about the concern about what we’re hearing from China, the escalating rhetoric.

“Of course, we have a very secure export control system in the UK. And we currently have license exports to Taiwan, exports that are provided by the private sector.

– Mr Sink dismisses Ben Wallace’s comments about Boris Johnson overshadowing him on defense money.

Last week, Defense Secretary Ben Wallace accused Mr Sink of trying to withhold money for defense spending in 2019, only to find himself overruled by the Prime Minister.

“It’s not right,” Mr Sink said when asked about it.

He added: “I wouldn’t say anything bad about any of my colleagues. But ultimately, I’m the chancellor who is responsible for the decisions about how we spend our money. And that’s what I did.”