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Rishi Sunak Tries To Regain Lost Momentum

Rishi Sunak is in desperate need of recapturing momentum after Truss gained a strong polling lead. Truss leads ahead of Sunak on the issue of immediate tax cuts to address Britain’s worst cost-of-living crisis in generations.

The Conservative frontrunner won the vote of Chancellor of the Exchequer Nadhim Zahawi joining the barrage of ministers from Boris Johnson’s cabinet backing the foreign secretary against Sunak, his predecessor in the Treasury.

“Liz understands that the status quo isn’t an option in times of crisis,” Zahawi wrote in the Telegraph, attacking Mr. Sunak’s plan to prioritise fighting inflation now, before cutting taxes later.

“We need a ‘booster’ attitude to the economy, not a ‘doomster’ one, in order to address cost-of-living woes and the challenges on the world stage,” the new chancellor said.

Mr. Sunak’s resignation from the scandal-tainted Johnson’s cabinet helped spark a ministerial exodus that forced the prime minister out last month.

As ballot forms begin being sent out, a large chunk of the nearly 200,000 Tory members are said to nurse a grievance against Mr. Sunak—one shared by Johnson.

Boris Johnson is not formally taking sides, but has told aides that he intends to give his successor some words of advice, “whoever she may be.”

Despite her shower of endorsements, Truss has warned against complacency.

The foreign secretary has markedly improved in her sometimes robotic public delivery, seen most notoriously in a 2014 speech when she was environment secretary.

Truss promised to tackle labour shortages in agriculture, caused partly by Brexit restrictions on immigration which have forced UK farmers to leave fruit rotting in fields and to slaughter healthy pigs.

Truss also unveiled a plan on education, vowing that all school students with top grades would automatically get an invitation to apply to Oxford, Cambridge or other prestigious universities.

Both the contenders have stressed the need for unity once the election is out of the way, aware that the opposition Labour party is riding high in the polls amid the economic crisis and political tumult of Johnson.

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