Sunak challenges Truss’s voting record
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Rishi Sunak challenged Ms Truss on her past support for the Liberal Democrats as well as her support for the Remain camp during the Brexit referendum. The former Chancellor of the Exchequer jokingly asked Liz Truss “which one you regretted most” as she was repeatedly challenged over her past. But the Foreign Secretary masterfully sidestepped the attempts to undermine her candidacy as she admitted to having evolved into a fully committed Conservative.
Mr Sunak said: “Liz, in your past you’ve been both a Liberal Democrat and a Remainer.
“I was just wondering which one you regretted most?”
Which prompted Ms Truss to reply: “I was somebody who was not born into the Conservative Party.
“I went to school in Paisley and Leeds, I went to a comprehensive school.
Rishi Sunak’s attempt to derail Truss’ campaign backfired (Image: ITV)
Truss shut down attempts from Sunak to question her record (Image: ITV)
“My parents were left-wing activists, and I’ve been on a political journey ever since.
“But my fundamental belief, and the reason I am a Conservative, is I saw kids at my school being let down.”
She remarked on the different background Mr Sunak had compared to hers, insisting she had embraced more conservative views over the years to offer Britons more opportunities.
Ms Truss also challenged Rishi Sunak on whether he still believed the UK should do more business with China.
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The Tory leadership contest is due to end by September 5 (Image: EXPRESS.CO.UK)
Mr Sunak told her at the ITV debate: “I actually support the view of the Integrated Review, the plan that you and I both sat around the Cabinet table and helped draft, which highlighted that China was an enormous threat to our national security, and that’s the lens in which we should view it.”
He said leadership rival Tom Tugendhat “deserves credit” for highlighting the issue.
Mr Sunak said the Government was taking the “powers and the protections” needed to safeguard the country from “hostile investment”.
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