The Truss and Sink allies traded on tax plans ahead of the Sky Debate.


iz Truss’ “dangerous” tax cut plans put inflation at risk, an ally of Rishi Sunak has suggested, as Tory leadership contenders dealt a blow ahead of the next televised debate.

Conservative MP Mel Stride, who chairs the Commons Treasury Committee, warned that massive unfunded tax cuts could make the problem “significantly worse” and insisted a “measured” approach was needed. need of

But former Tory chancellor Sajid Javid defended Ms Truss’s plans, saying they would not necessarily fuel inflation or increase borrowing.

Conservative Chair of the Treasury Select Committee Mel Stride (Stephen Russo/PA) / PA Archive

Foreign Secretary Ms Truss has promised to “start cutting taxes from day one” with a new budget and spending review that will see an April rise in National Insurance and an increase in corporation tax from 19% to 25% next year. .

By contrast, Mr Sink has pitched himself as a fiscally conservative candidate who would “cut taxes that drive growth” in a “responsible” way.

The former chancellor has claimed that her rival to become the next prime minister will raise interest rates further, increase mortgage payments with her plans.

Mr Sink’s warning came as the Bank of England was forecast to raise interest rates on Thursday to the highest level in almost three decades, from 1.25% to 1.75%.

With the Bank of England announcement scheduled for midday, experts have warned inflation could hit 15 percent, adding to an already painful cost crisis with rising prices.

But Ms Truss hit back by saying “we can’t tax our way to growth” and insisting her plans would not increase prices further.

Ms Truss and Mr Sink are expected to be further challenged on their methods when they take part in a Sky News debate from 8pm on Thursday.

Sajid Javed has emerged as a supporter of Liz Truss (Stephen Russo/PA) / PA Wire

Mr Stride, chairman of the Commons Treasury Committee, told BBC Radio 4’s Today: “What we must do now is to avoid stalling inflation and making the problem worse.

“One of the ways you can make the problem much worse is to come forward with massive, tens of billions of pounds worth of unfunded tax cuts.”

He added: “The big decision, fiscally, is around taxes here. You have to do it in a measured way and at the right time but not just start coming forward with tens of billions of unfunded tax cuts. Is.

“I think it would be really quite dangerous.”

He also insisted Mr Sink would be “absolutely not” despite polls showing he is trailing Ms Truss.

Former leadership hopeful Mr Javid, who backed Ms Truss on Wednesday, warned that not cutting taxes would be “dangerous”.

Of Ms Truss’s plans, she told Times Radio that the Office for Budget Responsibility’s forecast had “fiscal headroom” of around £31 billion by 2024/25 “so that’s the first thing you now can be used for tax reduction”.

He added that the increase in corporation tax from 19% to 25% in April will not affect the inflation figures.

He said that not going ahead with tax increase is not inflation.

“I don’t buy the argument that the things Liz is proposing are somehow going to lead to more inflation. In the long run they’re going to help the economy heal and that’s the most important thing. .

Lord Lawson of Blaby, the Conservative former chancellor, said Mr Sink was “guided by the principles of Thatcherism” in his bid to ensure the current generation “pays its own way” rather than leaving the next with more debt. Do “saddle”.

Writing in the Telegraph, Lord Lawson added: “While Liz Truss has many merits, her plans now reportedly contain around £60bn of unfunded spending/tax cuts – and related The message of reassurance about the risk of inflation is, for me, uncomfortably reminiscent of the mistakes of the Tory government of 50 years ago.

He reflected that Tory Chancellor Anthony Barber’s 1972 budget was popular but led to “years of inflationary nightmares”.

Liz Truss speaks at the All Nations Center in Cardiff as part of her campaign to become Conservative Party leader and next Prime Minister (Jacob King/PA). / PA Wire

Elsewhere, Attorney General Sylla Braverman compared the diversity, equality and inclusion “sector” to “medieval witches” as she backed Ms Truss to do her job to fight “harmful identity politics”. Continue.

Writing in the Daily Mail, Ms Braverman said she had asked officials to end equality training in her department.

He said: “I was appalled to learn that hundreds of government lawyers spent almost 2,000 hours of their taxpayer-funded time last year on ‘micro-incivility’, various ‘lived experiences’ and ‘how to be direct allies’. Spent in lectures, courtesy of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender rights charity Stonewall.

Ms Braverman added: “Well, I have told our authorities to put an end to it. We have to be really serious about taking this divisive mentality and calling it what it is: a new religion. In which there is a new priestly caste.

“Some heretics believe it. Like medieval witches, they wear the garb of the Inquisitor and never tire of rooting out the unfaithful.