iz Truss has said he is “not complacent” about his chances in the race for No.10 after winning the support of Ben Wallace.
A major endorsement from the Defense Secretary on Thursday boosted the Tory leadership hopeful’s campaign.
It comes after he and rival Rishi Shank faced heavy criticism from voters in their first official campaign with Conservative Party members in Leeds.
Asked during a visit to Norfolk on Friday if he was confident he was now ready to win the leadership contest, he said: “I’m not at all satisfied. I’m fighting for every vote across the country.” “
He added: “I am delighted to have the support of Ben Wallace. We have worked very closely together. He has been a fantastic Defense Secretary for our country.”
Meanwhile, in a thinly veiled dig at the former chancellor’s record, he warned that it would be “dangerous” for the country to continue on its current economic path.
Ms Truss insisted the way to achieve growth was to “help people and businesses keep more of their money”, saying the “number one priority should be avoiding recession”.
He said: “The danger is continuing down the same economic path, which is currently forecast to lead us into recession. That is the danger.
“What I’m talking about is creating opportunities, continuing growth, keeping taxes down. This will see the economy grow, and it will enable us to pay back our debt faster. Will.”
Ms Truss also vowed to “challenge the current orthodoxy around investment spending”, with further moves into “left-back areas”.
Mr Sink is due to face veteran political journalist Andrew Neil for a crunch interview on Friday – an opportunity Channel 4 said Ms Truss had so far turned down earlier this week.
Asked if she would be watching, Ms Truss said she would be celebrating her wedding anniversary.
She told reporters: “Today is my wedding anniversary. So I will be celebrating 22 years of marriage with my husband.
What is dangerous is continuing down the same economic path that is currently predicted to lead us into recession.
Earlier, Mr Wallace accused Mr Sink of trying to withhold “significant” defense money during his tenure as chancellor.
In a series of interviews on Friday, the defense secretary explained the reasons he had backed Ms Truss.
He told Sky News he recognized the “threats we face every day” needed to be “adequately funded”, increasing defense spending to 3% of GDP by 2030. Pointing to his determination.
He also said that without prompting or asking, Ms Truss wrote to the Prime Minister saying that defense needed more money.
By contrast Mr Sink, the defense secretary said, tried to block “significant” defense money in 2019, only to find himself overruled by the prime minister.
Mr Wallace was asked by LBC’s Nick Ferrari how much the former chancellor stood in the way of giving more money to the armed forces.
He replied: “I don’t think he was an obstacle…”
When pressed further, he said: “I mean, the multi-year settlement we got was not what the Treasury wanted.
“They wanted a one-year settlement. I think it came back in 2019. It was very important that we get a multi-year settlement.
“The prime minister effectively asserted his authority and ensured that this happened.”
Mr Ferrari asked: “But Mr Sink was not in support?”
Mr Wallace said: “Not that I remember.”
Speaking to BBC Breakfast, he said Mr Sink would be “the best member of anyone’s cabinet”, but added: “For me, Liz is the one who I think will defend this nation. It will perform well by investing.”
The two Tory leadership hopefuls were questioned separately at Thursday’s hustings on a range of policy areas, as well as their predictions for the women’s Euro 2022 finals.
The event, hosted by Mr Ferrari, was the first of 12 sessions for party loyalists across the country to question the final two candidates ahead of voting on September 2 for the next Tory leader and prime minister.
Although they did not address each other directly, taxation is an important dividing line between them.
Mr Sink said he would not “take tens and tens of billions of pounds of unfunded commitments and put them on the nation’s credit card”.
Meanwhile, Ms Truss criticized windfall taxes – which Mr Sink unilaterally imposed on energy companies as chancellor.
She said: “I don’t believe in windfall taxes because they prevent future investment.
“What we should be doing is encouraging Shell and other companies to invest in the UK, because we need to increase our productivity, we need investment.”