Truss and Sink will once again go head to head in another debate.


iz Truss and Rishi Singh will clash on TV for the second time in 24 hours after the first head-to-head debate saw the two contenders to become the next prime minister tear each other apart over their economic plans.

The foreign secretary, who celebrates her 47th birthday on Tuesday, and the former chancellor will go head-to-head on the Talk TV/Sun program at 6pm, with both sides hoping to learn tactical lessons from Monday night’s BBC clash. have been.

The clash saw the two Tory leadership rivals trashing each other’s economic plans, while personal attacks continued with Mr Sink accused of being “fair” by Ms Truss’s allies during the debate.

Mr Sink claimed there was “nothing conservative” about Ms Truss’ approach to tax cuts and borrowing, arguing it gave the party “absolutely no chance” of winning the next election. will

Ms Truss, the foreign secretary, suggested in turn that her rival would push the country into recession and criticized her for raising taxes to the “highest rate in 70 years”.

On China, Ms Truss accused her rival of “pushing closer trade ties” while Mr Sink said “Liz is on a journey” to a point where she opposes closer ties. .

Mr Sink also tried to underline his decision to leave Mr Johnson’s government as a matter of principle, while Ms Truss stressed her loyalty to her current boss.

But both candidates ruled out a job in their cabinet for Mr Johnson, with Ms Truss saying she believed he “needs a well-earned break” before finally adding: “I believe his There will be a role, I am sure they will raise their voice. But they will not be part of the government.

Mr Sink was more direct in his response, saying: “There is no easy answer for me.”

Opinium’s snap poll, based on a sample of 1,032 voters, found that 39% thought Mr Sink did a good job compared to 38% for Ms Truss, but significantly Tory voters favored the Foreign Secretary. Divided 47% to 38%.

With postal ballots set to arrive on the doorsteps of Tory members by August 5, Mr Sink needs to do well in the debates and in a hurry.

Opinion polls and member surveys suggest he trails Ms Truss in the battle to win the card-carrying Conservative vote, with the Foreign Secretary the bookmakers’ favorite to be elected Tory leader on September 5. are

Rishi Sink and Liz Truss face off in the second debate Tuesday evening (Jacob King/PA) / PA Wire

Former cabinet minister David Davies, who backs Mr Sink, said Ms Truss’s policies would risk a rise in inflation, forcing the Bank of England to raise interest rates by up to 7 per cent. – That will affect people with mortgages and other debts.

The Tory party, in general, is a bit older than average. It’s a bit more middle class, but not so much these days, but a bit more middle class,” he told Sky News.

“It will take care of things like their descendants will be exposed to such interest rates in the future, so that’s important.”

He dismissed suggestions from Ms Truss’s allies, including Work and Pensions Secretary Theresa Coffey, that Mr Sink was being “fair” and outspoken about his rival.

“Sometimes it’s necessary to intervene in debates,” Mr Davies said.

He added: “We need someone who a) knows what he stands for, b) has the courage to take the tough decisions and c) is determined enough to do it.

“And that’s Rishi Sink.”

Cabinet minister Simon Clarke, an ally of Ms Truss, said: “I think there were some aggressive moments from Rishi towards Liz at the beginning when they tried to settle their case, but I think the debate was a Held in a reasonable spirit that obviously reflects the importance of the issues.

Mr Clarke, who was Mr Sink’s ministerial deputy at the Treasury before the former chancellor resigned, defended Ms Truss’s economic plans.

He told Sky that putting Covid-related debt in a separate category would give it the ability to pay it back over the long term, allowing more flexibility in day-to-day spending.

But he added: “Decisions will be made across the board on the wider level of government spending to ensure it is a cost-effective plan.

“As conservatives we have to believe — I believe very strongly — that growing the economy through pro-growth measures, including tax cuts, is the right thing to do.”

– This debate will be telecast on Sun website and Talk TV from 6 pm onwards.