Wallace accused Sink of trying to withhold ‘significant’ defense money as chancellor


en Wallace has accused Rishi Singh of trying to withhold “significant” defense money during his tenure as chancellor.

In a series of interviews this morning, the Defense Secretary explained the reasons behind his support for Liz Truss, while shedding light on Mr Sink’s record at the Treasury.

Mr Wallace told Sky News the foreign secretary recognized the “threats we face every day” needed to be “adequately funded”, following Ms Truss’ pledge to increase defense spending to 3 per cent of GDP by 2030. Pointing to

He also said that without prompting or asking, Ms Truss wrote to the Prime Minister saying that defense needed more money.

In stark contrast, Mr Sink, the defense secretary said, sought to withhold “significant” defense money in 2019, simply to give himself prime ministerial leverage.

He was asked by LBC’s Nick Ferrari how much the former chancellor stood in the way of giving more cash to the armed forces.

Mr Wallace replied: “I don’t think he was an obstacle…”

Secretary of Defense Ben Wallace (PA/Aaron Chown) / PA Wire

When pressed further, the defense secretary said: “I mean, the multi-year settlement we got was not what the Treasury wanted.

“They wanted a one-year settlement. I think it was back in 2019. And it was important that we get a multi-year settlement.

“And the prime minister effectively asserted his authority and made sure that happened.”

Mr Ferrari asked: “But Mr Sink was not in support?”

Mr Wallace said: “Not that I remember.”

I just don’t think it’s the right course of action to encourage cabinet ministers to walk out in a time of crisis

Speaking to BBC Breakfast, the Defense Secretary insisted that Mr Sink would be “an excellent member of anyone’s cabinet”, but added: “For me, Liz is someone who I think will be the best defense for this nation. Investing in me will do the best job.”

He added: “When I was in government, without prompting or asking, I remember, Liz wrote a letter to the Prime Minister saying that defense needed more money, it was a more dangerous, It’s a dangerous world.

“She did it off her back. She’s been very persistent. …

The defense secretary, who did not like the prime minister to resign, also criticized the manner in which the former chancellor resigned, telling Sky News: “I don’t think it’s a time of crisis to incite cabinet ministers to walk out. Action. The right way.

“There were other mechanisms to do what he wanted. If Rishi Singh didn’t want the prime minister to be the prime minister, there were other mechanisms to do it. And that goes for all the other ministers.

Conservative leadership candidate Rishi Sink addresses a hustings event at the Pavilion Conference Center on Elland Road in Leeds (PA/Owen Humphreys) / PA Wire

Mr Wallace’s endorsement is seen as a significant and further boost for the Foreign Secretary, who has come out on top in polls and polls of Tory party members.

Speaking to The Sun on Wednesday, Mr Wallace described the foreign secretary as “authentic, honest and experienced” with “integrity” for the top job.

He also wrote in The Times that Ms Truss was “a winner not because she is a clever salesperson, but because she is authentic”.

The support from the Cabinet heavyweight came as the two Tory leadership hopefuls were quizzed separately on a wide array of policy areas – as well as their predictions for the women’s Euro 2022 final.

The event, hosted by LBC’s Nick Ferrari, was the first of 12 sessions for party loyalists across the country to question the final two candidates before voting for the next Tory leader and prime minister on September 2. went.

While they did not address each other directly, Tex remained an important dividing line between the pair.

Conservative leadership candidate Liz Truss speaks at a hustings event at the Pavilion Conference Center on Elland Road in Leeds (PA/Owen Humphreys). / PA Wire

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 discourage 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.”

The former chancellor admitted she was trailing Ms Truss in the polls, but vowed to fight for every vote.

He said: “We have to appeal to swing voters in every part of our country. And I believe with all my heart that I am the person, I am the candidate, who is best placed to ensure this victory for our party. Provides opportunity.

He later denied that his promise to reduce VAT on energy bills was a U-turn, saying “it is fair that we can do more”.