Nigel Farage blasts teetotal Rishi Sunak for copycat ‘man in pub’ routine

Teetotal Rishi Sunak’s ‘every man’ photo ops including pulling pints down the pub will fail to convince the Tory faithful, Nigel Farage told MailOnline today.

Liz Truss is favourite to replace Boris Johnson as Prime Minister with her decision to mimic Margaret Thatcher reaping the rewards with members who remain suspicious about Mr Sunak’s role in bringing down the current Tory leader, experts have claimed.

In a bid to win more votes from the party faithful, Mr Sunak paraded his wife Akshata and daughters Anoushka and Krishna over the weekend despite previously suggesting they were off limits during the row over Ms Murthy’s tax affairs. 

The former Chancellor has also been pictured pulling pints of ale at a Cheshire pub – despite not being a drinker – in a wax jacket and open shirt, reminiscent of former Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage on the campaign trail. Footage of one of Mr Farage’s hard-hitting reports on migrants for GB News even appeared in one of Mr Sunak’s campaign videos.

Mr Farage told MailOnline today: ‘He clearly thinks my image will help him and as for the man in the pub – don’t make me laugh. I was also in one of his videos – but I don’t endorse Rishi’s migrant policy’.

In contrast Ms Truss has not asked her accountant husband Hugh O’Leary or their two daughters Frances, 16, and Liberty, 14, to appear with her in public. Instead she has appeared alone at various rallies and events since she and Mr Sunak made the final two last week. 

The rivals will go head to head in a leadership debate on BBC1 at 9pm tonight. Sophie Raworth will host the debate in Stoke.

With postal ballots set to arrive on Tory members’ doorsteps by August 5, Mr Sunak faces pressure to use the BBC debate – and another hosted by TalkTV and the Sun on Tuesday – to make an early breakthrough. Although he comfortably won the leadership race among Tory MPs, bookmakers have made Ms Truss favourite after a series of opinion polls and surveys put her firmly ahead with Conservative members.

Sunday July 25: Teetotal Mr Sunak Pulling Pints At The Swettenham Arms In Congleton, Cheshire. Nigel Farage Told Mailonline The Photo Op Made Him Laugh

SUNDAY JULY 25: Teetotal Mr Sunak pulling pints at the Swettenham Arms in Congleton, Cheshire. Nigel Farage told MailOnline the photo op made him laugh

Saturday July 23: Frontrunner Liz Truss Speaks To Supporters During A Visit To Ashley House, Marden, Kent

Saturday July 23: Frontrunner Liz Truss Speaks To Supporters During A Visit To Ashley House, Marden, Kent

SATURDAY JULY 23: Frontrunner Liz Truss speaks to supporters during a visit to Ashley House, Marden, Kent 

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Polling Shows That While Ms Truss Is More Popular With Tory Voters, Ms Sunak Is Ahead When It Comes To All Voters

Polling Shows That While Ms Truss Is More Popular With Tory Voters, Ms Sunak Is Ahead When It Comes To All Voters

Polling shows that while Ms Truss is more popular with Tory voters, Ms Sunak is ahead when it comes to all voters

Rishi Sunak

Rishi Sunak has spent the past few days of his leadership campaign claiming he is the ‘underdog’ in the battle with Liz Truss, who is the favourite with the bookies to win the battle for No 10. 

Mr Sunak also took aim at his rival’s Brexit credentials in his speech on Saturday morning, which was heavy on warnings about the dangers of inflation as he promised to put the UK on a ‘crisis footing’ if he enters No 10.

He has been up and down the country in recent days. His family joined him where he used a speech in Grantham, the birthplace of Margaret Thatcher, to kick-start his campaign as he bids to win over Tory members.

Friday July 22: Conservative Leadership Hopeful Rishi Sunak Rolls Up His Sleeves Campaigns With Tory Activists In Sevenoaks

Friday July 22: Conservative Leadership Hopeful Rishi Sunak Rolls Up His Sleeves Campaigns With Tory Activists In Sevenoaks

FRIDAY JULY 22: Conservative Leadership hopeful Rishi Sunak rolls up his sleeves campaigns with Tory activists in Sevenoaks

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SATURDAY JULY 23: Conservative leadership candidate Rishi Sunak, his wife Akshata Murthy and their daughters Anoushka and Krishna attend a Conservative Party leadership campaign event in Grantham

Saturday July 23: Rishi Sunak Kisses His Daughter Krishna As He Launches His Campaign In The Town Of Thatcher'S Birth

Saturday July 23: Rishi Sunak Kisses His Daughter Krishna As He Launches His Campaign In The Town Of Thatcher'S Birth

SATURDAY JULY 23: Rishi Sunak kisses his daughter Krishna as he launches his campaign in the town of Thatcher’s birth

Monday July 25: Rishi Speaks To A Young Girl In Stoke Ahead Of The Bbc Debate Tonight

Monday July 25: Rishi Speaks To A Young Girl In Stoke Ahead Of The Bbc Debate Tonight

MONDAY JULY 25: Rishi speaks to a young girl in Stoke ahead of the BBC debate tonight

Nigel Farage Was Even Featured In One Of Mr Sunak'S Campaign Videos - But Told Mailonline He Does Not Endorse Him

Nigel Farage Was Even Featured In One Of Mr Sunak'S Campaign Videos - But Told Mailonline He Does Not Endorse Him

Nigel Farage was even featured in one of Mr Sunak’s campaign videos – but told MailOnline he does not endorse him

Mr Sunak, who was joined on his visit by daughters Krishna and Anushka, as well as wife Akshata, laughed when pressed on whether the choice of location was a coincidence, telling reporters he believes what he is proposing is ‘common sense Thatcherism’. Ms Truss has long used photo ops – and clothing – to allow comparisons to be drawn between her and the Iron Lady.

The following day he was pictured pulling pints at the Swettenham Arms in Congleton, Cheshire. 

Linguist and body language expert Tony Thorne, from King’s College London, said: ‘Rishi Sunak is very obviously trying the counter the sense of him as someone removed from the concerns of ordinary people because of his privileged upbringing and great wealth. Thus he emphasises the role of the family man, devoted to wife and children.

‘Pulling pints is another attempt by Sunak to demonstrate that he is not wholly out of touch with the ‘common man’, but this sort of posing does risk backfiring as when he fumbled in attempting to use his card to buy fuel’.

Former Head of Press at Number 10 Downing Street, Giles Kenningham, said that the number of photo opportunities being taken by Rishi Sunak and the social media blitz of pictures, including with his family, is a sign that he is playing catch up.

The former chancellor previously complained that his wife and children should be off-limits – but has put them at the centre of his campaign.

Mr Kenningham told MailOnline: ‘This leadership race is going so fast and both have only two weeks to win it. This is because most Tory members are expected to vote in that period.

‘Rishi is having to move even quicker because he is the underdog – and unless he can turn it around now, Liz is going to win’.

Liz Truss 

Foreign Secretary Liz Truss has used photo ops to show that it is business as usual for her – regularly being seen carrying her red box as she heads to work in Whitehall.

In sharp contrast to Rishi Sunak, Ms Truss has not asked her accountant husband Hugh O’Leary or their two daughters Frances, 16, and Liberty, 14, to appear at her rallies.

Experts have said that this is yet another nod to Mrs Thatcher, who while well supported by her husband Denis, would often choose to campaign alone. 

Thursday July 21: Foreign Secretary And Tory Leadership Candidate, Liz Truss Meeting Staff And Children During A Visit To The Charity Little Miracles In Peterborough, To Speak About The Cost-Of-Living Pressures And Her Vision To Ease The Burden On Families

Thursday July 21: Foreign Secretary And Tory Leadership Candidate, Liz Truss Meeting Staff And Children During A Visit To The Charity Little Miracles In Peterborough, To Speak About The Cost-Of-Living Pressures And Her Vision To Ease The Burden On Families

THURSDAY JULY 21: Foreign Secretary and Tory leadership candidate, Liz Truss meeting staff and children during a visit to the charity Little Miracles in Peterborough, to speak about the cost-of-living pressures and her vision to ease the burden on families

Thursday July 21: Liz Truss Is Greeted By Supporters As She Arrives At A Hustings Event, Part Of The Conservative Party Leadership Campaign

Thursday July 21: Liz Truss Is Greeted By Supporters As She Arrives At A Hustings Event, Part Of The Conservative Party Leadership Campaign

THURSDAY JULY 21: Liz Truss is greeted by supporters as she arrives at a hustings event, part of the Conservative party leadership campaign

Friday July 22: Liz Truss Carries Her Red Box From Home As She Heads To The Foreign Office

Friday July 22: Liz Truss Carries Her Red Box From Home As She Heads To The Foreign Office

FRIDAY JULY 22: Liz Truss carries her red box from home as she heads to the Foreign Office 

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SATURDAY JULY 23: Liz Truss speaks to supporters during a visit to Ashley House, Marden, Kent,

Monday July 25: Allies Of Ms Truss, The Foreign Secretary , Labeled Mr Sunak A 'Totally Boring Failed Economist' After He Vowed To Double Down On The £120M Scheme To Send Migrants To Rwanda. She Is Pictured Leaving Home This Morning

Monday July 25: Allies Of Ms Truss, The Foreign Secretary , Labeled Mr Sunak A 'Totally Boring Failed Economist' After He Vowed To Double Down On The £120M Scheme To Send Migrants To Rwanda. She Is Pictured Leaving Home This Morning

MONDAY JULY 25: Allies of Ms Truss, the foreign secretary , labeled Mr Sunak a ‘totally boring failed economist’ after he vowed to double down on the £120m scheme to send migrants to Rwanda. She is pictured leaving home this morning

Tony Thorne, from King’s College London, said: ‘Liz Truss’ projection of herself is as an assertive “lone” female – the image Margaret Thatcher conveyed in her exercising dominance over male colleagues. Thatcher also kept her husband and children in the background and emphasised her own gravitas and steeliness above all else’.

Truss vs Sunak on BBC 1 at 9PM tonight followed by another tomorrow

Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak will go head-to-head in a TV debate after the battle to become the next prime minister became toxic with the two rival camps clashing over immigration, China and the economy.

The BBC debate at 9pm comes after a weekend that saw allies of the two Tory leadership hopefuls trade increasingly personal attacks. Sophie Raworth will host the debate in Stoke.

With postal ballots set to arrive on Tory members’ doorsteps by August 5, Mr Sunak faces pressure to use the BBC debate – and another hosted by TalkTV and the Sun on Tuesday – to make an early breakthrough.

Although he comfortably won the leadership race among Tory MPs, bookmakers have made Ms Truss favourite after a series of opinion polls and surveys put her firmly ahead with Conservative members.

He added that the rivals are keen to carry out so many photo ops because they lack the charisma of the man they are vying to replace.

Mr Thorne said: ‘They are both trying to avoid having to demonstrate the “oratorical” skills that Boris Johnson’s supporters claimed for him. In other words they are going for visual over verbal as neither of them is renowned as an inspiring public speaker.

‘Liz Truss has been gaffe-prone and can come across as hesitant while Rishi Sunak, though articulate, has to avoid the impression of an overeager schoolboy in his attempts to convince’.

Giles Kenningham has said that Ms Truss is in the driving seat.

On her use of the red box as a prop, he said: ‘Liz, as Foreign Secretary, has one of the great offices of state to lean on. She has also been a cabinet minister for eight years and is using that to show members she is a continuity candidate who will bring change. There has been a backlash against Rishi because he is seen as the catalyst for Boris’ downfall’.

Despite Ms Truss choosing not to include her family in photo calls, he added: ‘Liz talks about her children a lot – and I believe one may be helping with her social media campaign’. 

PR guru Mark Borkowski said the photo ops chosen by the two candidates feel like they could be ’30 years old’ – and called the battle one of the ‘dirtiest’ in recent history. He predicted that the fallout could eventually see Boris Johnson trying to return to power.

But he believes Ms Truss’ Thatcher-esque campaigning, including aping the Iron Lady’s photo ops and wearing similar outfits, will win over the Conservative members and secure her the leadership, despite her being ‘lightweight’ on presentation and speeches.

He said: ‘Her campaign will chime with the Conservative members voting for the next leader. She has consistently drawn comparisons between herself and Mrs Thatcher and mimicking her for some time. Her strategy is playing out well with the Tory faithful. Rishi Sunak is concentrating on family values and balancing the books but he is behind in the race’.

Ms Truss Is Married To Accountant Hugh O'Leary. They Have Two Children

Ms Truss Is Married To Accountant Hugh O'Leary. They Have Two Children

Ms Truss is married to accountant Hugh O’Leary. They have two children

Liz Truss (Pictured In Moscow) Has Been Mocked By Russian Media For Her Thatcheresque Pictures In The Red Square

Liz Truss (Pictured In Moscow) Has Been Mocked By Russian Media For Her Thatcheresque Pictures In The Red Square

Margaret Thatcher Visiting Russia In March 1987

Margaret Thatcher Visiting Russia In March 1987

Liz Truss (left) was mocked by Russian media for posing for pictures similar to those taken of Margaret Thatcher (right) during her visit to the country in 1987

Foreign Secretary Liz Truss Visits British Troops On Deployment To Estonia

Foreign Secretary Liz Truss Visits British Troops On Deployment To Estonia

Margaret Thatcher British Prime Minister Stands In A British Tank During A Visit To British Forces In Fallingbostel

Margaret Thatcher British Prime Minister Stands In A British Tank During A Visit To British Forces In Fallingbostel

Foreign Secretary Liz Truss visits British troops on deployment to Estonia last November. Mrs Thatcher in one in Germany in 1983

Liz Truss Posted This Image On Her Instagram Page In 2019

Liz Truss Posted This Image On Her Instagram Page In 2019

Margaret Thatcher Holding A Calf While Campaigning On A Farm

Margaret Thatcher Holding A Calf While Campaigning On A Farm

Liz Truss posted this image on her Instagram page in 2019. Margaret Thatcher holding a calf while campaigning on a farm as PM

But in a warning for the Tories, he added that Ms Truss may flounder in a general election.

He said: ‘She will be torn to shreds on social media and will be parodied mercilessly by comedians when she is in power. She is just not great on presentation. This was shown by the number of memes when she recently struggled to find her way out of her own campaign launch event.

‘There is also that speech on pork products and cheese that keeps popping up. Rishi would probably perform better at a general election, because he is more polished and has a team that understands social media better’.

He added: ‘I give it five minutes before the ghost of Boris Johnson is exhumed. He is sitting there waiting to creep back in because he can connect with the public in a way Truss and Sunak cannot’.

Mr Johnson’s refusal to rule out being Tory leader again should the next one fail is ‘straight out of the Trump playbook’, Mr Borkowski said.

Nadine Dorries takes to Twitter to blast Rishi Sunak’s posh £3,500 suit and contrasts it with Liz Truss’s ‘£4.50 earrings’ sparking new public Tory leadership row as ministers warn public mudslinging is ’embarrassing’ 

The Tory leadership race turned increasingly bitter today, despite ministers warning both camps that the ongoing mudslinging is ’embarrassing’ the party.

Nadine Dorries lashed out at Rishi Sunak today after it was revealed he went campaigning in a £3,500 suit and £490 Prada shoes.

The Culture Secretary, who backs Liz Truss, contrasted it with his opponent’s more homespun appearance, saying the Foreign Secretary Ms Truss is more likely to be seen in a pair of £4.50 earrings from high street chain Claire’s.

But her sniping on Twitter provoked a backlash from Team Rishi, with Guildford MP Angela Richardson, who backs Sunak, replied: ‘FFS (for f***’s sake) Nadine! Muted.’

In turn, Truss backer Marcus Fysh said he would be muting supporters of her rival.

The very public blue-on-blue attacks came as Truss and Sunak are due to go head-to-head in a BBC debate tonight.

The last planned tv debate, on Sky News, was axed last week amid fears that public fighting was damaging the party.

And there were similar pleas for calm today, with Veterans Minister Johnny Mercer tweeting: ‘Probably worth remembering that on current trajectory we are out of power in two years time. The puerile nature of this leadership contest is embarrassing. Time to raise the standards.’

His intervention came after former party chairwoman Amanda Milling branded the leadership race ‘more toxic than I’ve ever seen’. 

She added that if the two camps didn’t calm down ‘the lasting damage to our Party could see us out of power for a decade’.

His Choice Of Prada Shoes On A Visit To A Construction Site In Redcar Also Caught Ms Dorries' Attention.

His Choice Of Prada Shoes On A Visit To A Construction Site In Redcar Also Caught Ms Dorries' Attention.

Mr Sunak Was Seen Wearing A Henry Herbert Suit - Worth A Reported £3,500 - Ahead Of The Vote Which Saw Him And Ms Truss Selected By Tory Mps As The Final Two Candidates To Be The Next Conservative Party Leader And Prime Minister.

Mr Sunak Was Seen Wearing A Henry Herbert Suit - Worth A Reported £3,500 - Ahead Of The Vote Which Saw Him And Ms Truss Selected By Tory Mps As The Final Two Candidates To Be The Next Conservative Party Leader And Prime Minister.

Nadine Dorries lashed out at Rishi Sunak today after it was revealed he went campaigning in a £3,500 suit and £490 Prada shoes.

The Culture Secretary , Who Backs Liz Truss , Contrasted It With His Opponent'S More Homespun Appearance, Saying The Foreign Secretary Ms Truss Is More Likely To Be Seen In A Pair Of £4.50 Earrings From High Street Chain Claire'S.

The Culture Secretary , Who Backs Liz Truss , Contrasted It With His Opponent'S More Homespun Appearance, Saying The Foreign Secretary Ms Truss Is More Likely To Be Seen In A Pair Of £4.50 Earrings From High Street Chain Claire'S.

The Culture Secretary , who backs Liz Truss , contrasted it with his opponent’s more homespun appearance, saying the Foreign Secretary Ms Truss is more likely to be seen in a pair of £4.50 earrings from high street chain Claire’s.

Ms Truss Left Her Home Before Heading To Stoke On Trent For A Hustings Event In A Pair Of Box-Fresh Sneakers

Ms Truss Left Her Home Before Heading To Stoke On Trent For A Hustings Event In A Pair Of Box-Fresh Sneakers

Ms Truss left her home before heading to Stoke on Trent for a hustings event in a pair of box-fresh sneakers

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Mr Sunak was seen wearing a Henry Herbert suit – worth a reported £3,500 – ahead of the vote which saw him and Ms Truss selected by Tory MPs as the final two candidates to be the next Conservative Party leader and prime minister.

His choice of Prada shoes on a visit to a construction site in Redcar also caught Ms Dorries’ attention.

The Culture Secretary said Ms Truss ‘will be travelling the country wearing her earrings which cost circa £4.50 from Claire (sic) Accessories.

‘Meanwhile… Rishi visits Teeside (sic) in Prada shoes worth £450 and sported £3,500 bespoke suit as he prepared for crunch leadership vote.’

 

How do Liz and Rishi’s policies stack up? From the best way to fight inflation to when to cut taxes, where the candidates stand as poll ahead of tonight’ debate shows Truss is on course to win

Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss are preparing for more live television Tory bloodletting  tonight after their allies clashed angrily over immigration and standing up to China.

In an increasingly bitter battle to replace Boris Johnson and enter No10 the two rival camps spent the weekend tearing into each other to paint the other as a dangerous liability.

Allies of Ms Truss, the foreign secretary, labeled Mr Sunak a ‘totally boring failed economist’ after he vowed to double down on the £120m scheme to send migrants to Rwanda.

He also suggested that some could be housed in disused cruise liners to cut down on a multi-million-pound hotel bill for arrivals crossing the Channel in small boats. 

The pair also clashed over China. When Mr Sunak last night declared Beijing to be ‘the biggest long-term threat to Britain, ‘allies of Liz Truss accused Mr Sunak of being ‘soft on China’ and pursuing closer trade links. 

It is the latest round of infighting in an increasingly bitter leadership fight. They have previously clashed over issues including tax policy, where they are wide apart. 

The two are due to appear on a live debate on BBC tonight at 9pm. The last scheduled debate, on Sky News, was pulled at the last minute amid concerns that the party was damaging itself in public. 

It comes as a new poll shows that while Liz Truss is on course to win the Tory leadership and take power in No10, she is less popular than Sunak with the wider voting public. 

Ms Truss has also refused to take part in a one-to-one TV interview with veteran interviewer Andrew Neil. He will grill Mr Sunak on Channel 4 this Friday night, but she has declined. 

Here we look at their policies and their different offers to the Tory faithful.

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Allies Of Ms Truss, The Foreign Secretary , Labeled Mr Sunak A 'Totally Boring Failed Economist' After He Vowed To Double Down On The £120M Scheme To Send Migrants To Rwanda. She Is Pictured Leaving Home This Morning

Allies Of Ms Truss, The Foreign Secretary , Labeled Mr Sunak A 'Totally Boring Failed Economist' After He Vowed To Double Down On The £120M Scheme To Send Migrants To Rwanda. She Is Pictured Leaving Home This Morning

Allies of Ms Truss, the foreign secretary , labeled Mr Sunak a ‘totally boring failed economist’ after he vowed to double down on the £120m scheme to send migrants to Rwanda. She is pictured leaving home this morning

TAX AND SPEND 

The main focus of the Tory members – some might say their only interest – is paying less tax. And it is tax policy that has contributed to most of Liz Truss’s lead over Rishi Sunak.

The Foreign Secretary has pledged to cut both personal and business taxes. She has vowed to scrapped a plan to increase corporation tax to 25 per cent, and reverse Boris Johnson’s 1.25 per cent increase to National Insurance designed to pay for the NHS and social care.

She believes her cuts will boost the economy. Experts have said fiscal plans would cost the Treasury £30billion, but she has insisted they will not impact public spending, because she will increase borrowing.

Mr Sunak on the other hand, has said that his main priority is reining in inflation, currently running at 9.4 per cent, the highest since the early 1980s. He will only look at cutting taxes once that handbrake has been removed.

The former chancellor has pitched himself as the fiscally conservative candidate and had criticised his rivals’ plans to raise borrowing to pay for tax cuts as ‘comforting fairytales’. 

Inflation could soar to 15 per cent this winter, economists warned this morning. 

The Institute for Fiscal Studies has said that Tory members would face a ‘genuine choice’ between Ms Truss’s plans and those of Mr Sunak, whose fiscal position is broadly that of the current Government. 

The Debt Interest Costs In June Dwarfed All Previous Monthly Figures Since Records Began In 1997

The Debt Interest Costs In June Dwarfed All Previous Monthly Figures Since Records Began In 1997

The debt interest costs in June dwarfed all previous monthly figures since records began in 1997  

It Was More Than Double The Same Month Last Year, And A Peak Since Records Began In 1997

It Was More Than Double The Same Month Last Year, And A Peak Since Records Began In 1997

It was more than double the same month last year, and a peak since records began in 1997

In an analysis, the IFS’s Robert Joyce noted that cancelling a planned rise in corporation tax from 19 to 25 per cent would cost £17billion, though some might be clawed back in higher tax income generally if it stimulates economic growth. The National Insurance pledge will reduce tax takings by an additional £13billion and mainly help the better-off. 

However he also points out that Mr Sunak’s plans leave the UK with ‘tax heading towards its highest sustained level in 70 years as a share of national income’.

Ms Truss’s plans have been backed by Prof Patrick Minford, one of Margaret Thatcher’s favourite economists. 

But he caused consternation by saying that they could lead to interest rates hitting a ‘normal level’ of up to seven per cent. The current rate is 1.5 per cent and the increase would have a massive impact on homeowners’ mortgage repayments.

Additionally, public borrowing is already at a record level due to emergency bail-outs during the pandemic.  Last month figures interest payments on the £2.4trillion debt mountain set a new record of £19.4billion.

Today Education Secretary James Cleverly defended Ms Truss’s taxation plans and said he would not want to see interest rates at 7 per cent.

He said no prime minister can guarantee what interest rates will be in the future, but added: ‘Tax decreases will stimulate economic growth. That has got to be the foundation stone.’ 

But former health secretary Jeremy Hunt said Rishi Sunak is ‘prepared to be honest with the country’ about the state of the nation’s finances.

Mr Hunt, who failed in his own leadership bid, is backing the former chancellor in the Tory leadership contest.

He told ITV’s Good Morning Britain: ‘I’m supporting Rishi Sunak because I think he’s prepared to be honest with the country about the challenges that we face, the fact we can’t afford unfunded tax cuts.

‘I think we need that honesty when it comes to the future of the NHS as well.’

Truss will today announce what she calls a ‘full-fat’ version of the ex-chancellor’s freeports.

She claims existing low-tax areas are dogged by ‘excessive’ red tape.

The Tory leadership favourite wants to create model towns in the image of Victorian commercial areas such as Bournville. 

Developers will be freed from planning rules so they can build quicker.

Miss Truss is also pledging to cut more red tape from the eight freeports created under Mr Sunak.

Her team hope the plans will unleash billions of pounds of investment.

IMMIGRATION

The two camps came to blows today over who was the toughest on immigration. Both have committed to the Rwanda scheme that is meant to see Channel migrants deported to Africa – though non have yet been sent.

Calling the current system ‘broken’, Mr Sunak offered a 10-point plan on Sunday that included a commitment to a narrower definition of who qualifies for asylum compared to that from the ECHR, with enhanced powers to detain, tag and monitor illegal migrants.

He also promised to give Parliament control over who comes to the UK by creating an annual cap on the number of refugees accepted each year, albeit one that can be changed in the case of sudden emergencies.

But those proposals were picked apart by Truss allies, who raised questions about Mr Sunak’s proposals, arguing that it was unclear how the refugee quota would work and suggesting that some of his plans amounted to a ‘rebrand’.

Allies of Ms Truss also queried a suggestion from Mr Sunak that illegal migrants could be housed on cruise ships, something the Truss camp suggested would amount to arbitrary detention and a breach of both domestic and international law.

It prompted claims he was offering unworkable ‘red meat’ to Tory rightwingers because he is losing, but his own camp told the Times: ‘Good to see Remainer Truss on the side of human rights lawyers.’ 

Mr Sunak sought to defend his proposals on Sunday afternoon, telling the BBC that tackling illegal migration was a ‘priority’ for him and that ‘no options should be off the table’.

But he was unable to give a clear assurance that his policy proposals would be legal.

The Two Camps Came To Blows Today Over Who Was The Toughest On Immigration. Both Have Committed To The Rwanda Scheme That Is Meant To See Channel Migrants Deported To Africa - Though Non Have Yet Been Sent.

The Two Camps Came To Blows Today Over Who Was The Toughest On Immigration. Both Have Committed To The Rwanda Scheme That Is Meant To See Channel Migrants Deported To Africa - Though Non Have Yet Been Sent.

The two camps came to blows today over who was the toughest on immigration. Both have committed to the Rwanda scheme that is meant to see Channel migrants deported to Africa – though non have yet been sent.

‘What we do need to do is be very honest about the challenges that the ECHR, these European laws, have on our ability to grapple with this problem.

The Truss campaign had said that as prime minister she would increase the UK’s frontline Border Force by 20 per cent and double the Border Force Maritime staffing levels, with Ms Truss claiming that her plan to tackle illegal migration would be given a strong legal foundation by the new UK Bill of Rights.

She vowed to take on the ECHR as immigration was thrust into the spotlight of the Tory leadership run-off. 

Miss Truss also pledged to revisit the controversial idea of asking Border Force to intercept Channel migrants and tow them back to France.

The idea was abandoned by Boris Johnson this year after warnings it posed too great a risk to life. But campaign sources said Miss Truss would explore ‘all possible tactics’ for turning around boats to discourage others from the perilous crossing. 

The Foreign Secretary uses an interview with The Mail on Sunday vow to strike Rwanda-style deals with more countries.

She said: ‘The Rwanda policy is the right policy. I’m determined to see it through to full implementation, as well as exploring other countries that we can work on similar partnerships with. It’s the right thing to do.

The plans from both candidates generated anger in some quarters, with Oxfam labelling as ‘cruel’ any plan to link UK aid payments to countries’ co-operation with immigration removals and Amnesty International saying that making policy only to please Tory members has caused ‘chaos and backlogs’.

Education Secretary James Cleverly, who is backing Ms Truss, today said a suggestion from Rishi Sunak’s campaign that asylum seekers could be housed on cruise ships could be ‘reputationally quite a negative thing’ for holiday destinations if the ships are moored nearby.

He told Times Radio: ‘It’s understandable that (Mr Sunak) needs to put across a strong position on migration issues. I get that.’

He added: ‘I haven’t seen the practicalities of that. I do think that it would be interesting to see where those ships would be moored because typically the places where you can moor a cruise ship are holiday destinations.

‘And I’m not completely sure that that would suit the tourist industry in our coastal towns which need I think a boost rather than what might be reputationally quite a negative thing, but I will look at that.’

CHINA AND FOREIGN POLICY 

The pair also clashed over China. When Mr Sunak last night declared to be ‘the biggest long-term threat to Britain, ‘allies of accused Mr Sunak of being ‘soft on China’ and pursuing closer trade links.

Last night former party leader Sir Iain Duncan Smith, one of five British MPs sanctioned by China for speaking out on human rights abuses, said it was ‘surprising’ that Mr Sunak was claiming to be tough on Beijing.

Ahead of the leadership contenders’ first head-to-head TV debate tonight, Sir Iain – who is backing Miss Truss – said: ‘Over the last two years, the Treasury has pushed hard for an economic deal with China.

The Former Chancellor Has Been Criticised For Pushing For Closer Trade With China, Despite The Nation Cracking Down On Peaceful Protests In Hong Kong (Pictured)

The Former Chancellor Has Been Criticised For Pushing For Closer Trade With China, Despite The Nation Cracking Down On Peaceful Protests In Hong Kong (Pictured)

The former Chancellor has been criticised for pushing for closer trade with China, despite the nation cracking down on peaceful protests in Hong Kong (pictured)

Allies Of Ms Truss, The Foreign Secretary, Labeled Mr Sunak A 'Totally Boring Failed Economist' After He Vowed To Double Down On The £120M Scheme To Send Migrants To Rwanda.

Allies Of Ms Truss, The Foreign Secretary, Labeled Mr Sunak A 'Totally Boring Failed Economist' After He Vowed To Double Down On The £120M Scheme To Send Migrants To Rwanda.

Allies of Ms Truss, the foreign secretary, labeled Mr Sunak a ‘totally boring failed economist’ after he vowed to double down on the £120m scheme to send migrants to Rwanda.

Sir Iain Duncan Smith, Who Has Been Sanctioned By China, Says Rishi Sunak Has Been Quiet On China In The Past Two Years

Sir Iain Duncan Smith, Who Has Been Sanctioned By China, Says Rishi Sunak Has Been Quiet On China In The Past Two Years

Sir Iain Duncan Smith, who has been sanctioned by China, says Rishi Sunak has been quiet on China in the past two years

‘This is despite China sanctioning myself and four UK parliamentarians, despite China brutally cracking down on peaceful democracy campaigners in Hong Kong, threatening Taiwan, illegally occupying the South China Sea, committing genocide on the Uyghurs and increasing its influence in our universities.

‘After such a litany, I have one simple question to Mr Sunak: where have you been over the last two years?’

Earlier this month, China’s state-controlled Global Times suggested Mr Sunak was Beijing’s preferred leadership candidate. While ‘most of the candidates hold a tough stance on China, only one of them [Sunak] has a clear and pragmatic view on developing UK-China ties’, the communist mouthpiece said. 

A source in Team Truss said Mr Sunak was ‘playing catch-up’ on the China issue. Another said it was ‘remarkable’ that the former banker believed he had grounds to go on the attack over it. ‘Liz has almost single-handedly dragged the Government into a tougher position on China,’ the source said.

Mr Sunak accused his rival of allowing Beijing to extend its propaganda machine into Britain’s universities through its Confucius Institutes, which he pledged to shut down.

Critics say the Chinese government-funded cultural centres are strangling free speech on campuses and spying on overseas students. Nine such institutes opened during Miss Truss’s two-year stint as an education minister, sources in the Sunak camp said.

Neither camp last night wanted to comment on mounting evidence that Covid might have leaked from a laboratory in the Chinese city of Wuhan. But a source close to the Foreign Secretary said: ‘She doesn’t think the Chinese have been entirely forthcoming about how the outbreak started.’

DEFENCE

Liz Truss has pledged to raise Britain’s spending on defence to 2.5 per cent of GDP by 2026, and 3 per cent by 2030. 

This would cost more than £22 billion on top of the current £48.2bn defence budget. She will also ‘review’ plans to cut the Army by nearly 10,000 personnel.