Tory leadership: Sink admits ‘playing catch-up’ to Truss in apparent bid for underdog status


Ashish Sink has admitted he is “playing catch-up” with Liz Truss, who secured the support of another big name in Northern Ireland Secretary Brendan Lewis at the weekend.

The 42-year-old alluded to the consequences for his wife’s tax status when he appeared to suggest some comments claiming that if she had not announced her decision to pay UK tax, “this competition Not even a part of “. His overseas earnings when he was chancellor in April.

As the foreign secretary continued her best efforts in the polls, Mr Sink’s pledge to end “whack nonsense” at the weekend and his supporters attributed his unpopularity to “hidden racism”. is characterized by – a claim he was quick to disprove.

In an interview with The Sunday Telegraph, Mr Sink also revealed that his plan to reform the NHS would include a temporary £10 fine for patients who fail to attend GP or outpatient appointments. .

“If we have people not showing up and taking away slots from people who need it, that’s not right,” he told the newspaper. “I’m for a health care system that’s free at the point of use, but not free at the point of abuse.”

He added: “Yes, it means we have to do something brave and something different, but that’s what I’m going to do. I want to be the Prime Minister of change.”

While such proposals have been floated in the past, doctors have warned that the penalty system could create a new layer of bureaucracy that GP surgeries would struggle to cope with.

Rishi Singh meets Tory MPs at Fontville Park Racecourse as part of his campaign to become Conservative Party leader and next Prime Minister (Joe Sen/PA) / PA Wire

Meanwhile, Ms Truss rejected claims she had a clear lead over Mr Sink, even as her campaign was boosted by the endorsement of party heavyweight Tom Tugendhat, insisting it was a There is a “very close race”, while he has “right-wing support” in all parts of the Conservative Party.

Mr Lewis became the latest to back Ms Truss’s campaign, after securing the backing of former leadership candidate, Tom Tugendhat, and Defense Secretary Ben Wallace.

Writing in the Daily Telegraph, Mr Lewis claimed the former chancellor was too intent on keeping the “EU happy”.

He said: “In my experience the Treasury seems to want to try to keep the EU happy, when I have always felt that our focus should be on working for the people of Britain and not themselves. What should be done in their favor as Mukhtars. Govt

The concern for the Treasury has always been ‘how will the EU react’, rather than ‘how do we make it work, and how do we solve this problem which is a problem for the UK?’

Moving on to Ms Truss, the Northern Ireland Secretary said she was an “easy choice”, adding: “What I’ve seen consistently with Liz is someone who understands the Union, He is strong and determined to defend and protect the Union.”

Earlier on Saturday, in another bid to revive his flagship Premiership, the former chancellor vowed to reduce the number of empty shops on Britain’s high streets and crack down on graffiti and littering.

Mr Sink also pledged to increase police powers to tackle anti-social behavior in public places.

As part of his plan to revitalize the high streets, many of which are blighted by shuttered shops and derelict buildings, Mr Sink will remove obstacles to quickly convert these properties into new businesses or cafes. will

He would allow local authorities to double fines for littering and graffiti and consider lowering the threshold for jailing offenders.

Mr Sink will strengthen orders to allow police to disperse people behaving in an anti-social manner, and extend powers to cover types of behavior rather than just one location.

It will also seek to reduce regulations around farmers’ markets, allow local authorities to assess social value when considering the location of public services, and protect access to cash points.

Mr Sink said: “I want to reduce the number of empty shops by 2025 and ensure they are transformed into thriving local assets, supporting skills, local businesses, economies and creating jobs.

Rishi Singh vows to impose £10 fine on NHS patients who fail to attend GP or outpatient appointments (Joe Sen/PA) / PA Wire

“These will include key public services – such as police stations and job centres.

“I would also support covered markets and farmers’ markets, making it possible for them to trade on our high streets and sell their wonderful produce to local people.

“We should all be proud of our high streets so I will also be cracking down on anti-social behaviour, graffiti and littering – through extended police powers and increased fines.

“I have made it clear that I have a plan to rebuild our economy. Our high roads are a key part of that.

As chancellor, Mr Sink provided business rate relief during the pandemic and oversaw a property tax review, but no fundamental reforms.

Ms Truss has signaled she would improve business rates if she becomes Prime Minister.

A BMG Research poll of party loyalists for The Eye newspaper was the latest to put Ms Truss ahead of Mr Sink by a double-digit lead, with a survey of Tory councilors seeing the two contenders close.

Ms Truss was on 31% and Mr Sink on 28% of 511 local Conservative politicians polled by Savannah Comers.