Tom Newton Dunn calls Truss’s media attack ‘cheap’ after she apologises at end of hustings
Liz Truss was criticised for her repeated “cheap” jibes at the media by Talk TV host Tom Newton Dunn at the end of the latest Tory leadership hustings event, after she blamed journalists for Boris Johnson’s downfall.
The foreign secretary, who is the front runner in the race to succeed Mr Johnson as prime minister, had accused “some of the media” of trying to “talk our country down” in the event and said Newton Dunn asked questions in a “leftwing way”.
“For the record, that’s the third time you’ve attacked the media – a lot of which supports your campaign,” Newton Dunn said at one point. At the end of the event he told Ms Truss her jibes at the media were “cheap – and you know it”.
Ms Truss also dismissed calls to get together with Mr Johnson and her rival Rishi Sunak to discuss the cost of living crisis and agree upon a support package before the Tory leadership contest concludes, branding it “bizarre”.
First Tory MP switches support from Sunak to Truss
Chris Skidmore, a Conservative MP for Kingswood, has switched his support from Rishi Sunak to Liz Truss in the Tory leadership race.
He has become the first Conservative MP to publically announce his defection.
Mr Skidmore told The Telegraph that he is switching support because he had become “increasingly concerned” by Mr Sunak’s “consistently changing position” on policy.
“It is never too late to make the right decision,” he said urging others to join him in supporting the foreign secretary.
Shweta Sharma10 August 2022 05:44
Truss dismisses calls to discuss cost of living support with Sunak and Johnson
Describing it as “constitutionally, deeply undesirable” and a “kangaroo committee”, Liz Truss has dismissed calls to get together with Boris Johnson and her rival Rishi Sunak to discuss the cost of living crisis.
The frontrunner to replace Mr Johnson said she is concentrating on her work as foreign secretary.
Industry leaders have urged the two candidates in the race to be the next prime minister to get together to discuss more support for households.
Tony Danker, the director of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), said they should “agree a common pledge to support people and help quell fears” as experts warned energy bills could top a devastating £3,500 from October and £4,000 by the spring.
Truss dismisses calls to discuss cost-of-living support with Sunak and Johnson
‘I think it will be constitutionally deeply undesirable,’ foreign secretary says
Shweta Sharma10 August 2022 05:37
Welcome to The Independent’s UK politics blog for 10 August 2022 where we provide the latest on the Tory leadership race and everything that is buzzing in Westminster.
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