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UK foreign secretary Truss confirms bid to replace PM Johnson

Candidates populated the Sunday morning broadcast round, with Messrs Hunt, Javid, Shapps and Tugendhat all making appearances to promote their campaigns.

• July 11, 2022
Liz Truss and Boris Johnson
Liz Truss and Boris Johnson

Britain’s foreign secretary Liz Truss announced her bid to become the Conservative party’s new leader on Sunday, making her the tenth contender in the race.

The new Tory leader will replace Prime Minister Boris Johnson, forced to step down after dozens of members of government resigned in protest after a series of scandals.

Ms Truss, a senior cabinet minister widely expected to be a front-runner in the already crowded race, promised to “start cutting taxes from day one” to help with the cost of living.

She joined contenders including trade minister Penny Mordaunt, former health secretaries Sajid Javid and Jeremy Hunt, ex-chancellor Rishi Sunak, his successor Nadhim Zahawi, and transport secretary Grant Shapps.

Former minister Kemi Badenoch and senior backbencher Tom Tugendhat have also thrown their hats into the ring.

Ms Truss’s pledge to scrap a controversial national insurance rise which came into effect in April, mirrors that of rival Mr Javid.

It marked a departure from her defence of the policy as a minister in Mr Johnson’s cabinet, prior to his resignation, when she was bound by collective responsibility to support the move publicly.

The levy was introduced to raise funds for the NHS and social care, but has proved controversial at a time when households are feeling the squeeze from soaring food and energy bills.

Ms Truss argued “it isn’t right to be putting up taxes now,” and as leader she would take “immediate action” to assist with living costs.

She said she would “keep corporation tax competitive,” hinting that she wants to look again at Mr Sunak’s plans to hike the rate in April 2023, but did not go so far as to match some of her fellow contenders’ pledges to scrap the rise entirely.

Ms Truss said she would “get the private sector growing faster than the public sector, with a long-term plan to bring down the size of the state and the tax burden.”

Writing in The Telegraph, she said, “Under my leadership, I would start cutting taxes from day one to take immediate action to help people deal with the cost of living. I would reverse the national insurance increase that came in during April, make sure we keep corporation tax competitive so we can attract business and investment into Britain, and put the Covid debt on a longer-term footing.”

Ms Truss said her plan would get the country back on track towards becoming a “high-growth and high-productivity powerhouse.”

She added, “It is built on a clear and longstanding Conservative philosophy, including bold supply-side reform.”

She also mentioned that she had “led the way” in making the most of Britain’s “new-found freedoms” outside the EU, but insisted “we can go further, whether it is doing more to champion innovation or charting our own course on regulation.”

Ms Truss also stated that she would bring “clear and decisive leadership” to Downing Street, adding: “Colleagues know I mean what I say and only make promises I can keep. I can be trusted to deliver.”

She assured that the Tories could win the next election, but acknowledged it would be “an uphill battle.”

Earlier, announcing her bid for the top job, Ms Mordaunt said the UK’s leadership “needs to become a little less about the leader and a lot more about the ship.”

Candidates populated the Sunday morning broadcast round, with Messrs Hunt, Javid, Shapps and Tugendhat all making appearances to promote their campaigns.

As the race for leader heats up, more Tories have declared their allegiances.

Former cabinet minister Michael Gove – dramatically sacked by Mr Johnson earlier this week – pledged his support for Ms Badenoch, while work and pensions secretary Therese Coffey said she would back Ms Truss.

Andrea Leadsom, who contested the Tory leadership in the past, endorsed Ms Mordaunt. 


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