UK: Liz Truss promises “boldness”, Rishi Sunak “honesty” – World

British prime minister candidate Liz Truss vowed on Wednesday to be “bold” and govern “differently” if elected, while rival Rishi Sunak defended the need to be “honest” about the country’s difficulties. face.

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At the opening of the last debate of the election for the leadership of the Conservative Party, Truss, the current Minister of Foreign Affairs who leads the polls, highlighted among the measures she advocates eliminating the laws inherited from the European Union (EU) by the end of 2023, reforming the sector of financial services and cut taxes. “We have to be bold and do things differently, and that’s what I intend to do if I’m elected prime minister,” she said. Truss also said that “it was a mistake to increase the contribution to Social Security”, guaranteeing that it will still be possible to “pay the national debt in the next three years”.

Today’s debate between the two finalist candidates is the last of 12 held over the summer in various parts of the country, before the winner is announced on Monday at 12:30 pm.

The event for Conservative activists only takes place at Wembley Arena, in London, a room with a capacity for 12,500 people, almost full.

Former finance minister Rishi Sunak, the other finalist to succeed Boris Johnson, argued that the next head of government must be “honest” and criticized the use of more public debt to pay tax cuts during the crisis.

“I didn’t choose to say what people want to hear, but what they need to hear”, he argued in the opening speech, invoking Margaret Thatcher to defend control of public spending and debt reduction.

Alluding to the economic crisis, he said that “withstanding the storm is not enough” and that he wants to use his “experience as a manager to make the economy ready for the future”.

The worsening cost-of-living crisis has so far dominated the campaign, increasing pressure on both to come up with measures to support Britons most affected by rising inflation and energy prices.

The election, carried out by postal vote among some 180,000 party members, ends at 5:00 pm on Friday.

On Tuesday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to present his resignation to Queen Elizabeth II, which will take place for the first time in 70 years of reign at Balmoral Castle in northern Scotland instead of Buckingham Palace in London.

The 96-year-old monarch has been getting worse from the mobility problems that have led her to miss several events this year and to delegate representation to her heirs, especially her eldest son, Prince Charles.

Johnson’s successor, and 15th head of government in the reign of Elizabeth II, will also be received in Scotland on Tuesday by the monarch, who will then have to nominate the new prime minister (or prime minister) to form a new one. government as leader of the party with a parliamentary majority.

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