Priti Patel and Ben Wallace enjoy a day at Glorious Goodwood away from the Tory leader’s race

Rishi Shanks and Liz Truss clashed on live television last night.

The two former cabinet colleagues tore each other to pieces, ranging from straight toe-to-toe exchanges to more passive-aggressive moments.

Sink was widely criticized for repeatedly talking about the truss, with claims that he was ‘fairing’ the economy.

It put him in a trance about his tax cut plans and the rest of his past.

For his part, some of the harshest abuse came from the Truss camp, with accusations that Sink was not fit to return to government.

Some of the important battles in the Battle of Stoke are:


When is the right time to cut taxes, Liz Truss said: ‘Under my plan, we’ll start paying off the debt in three years’ time, so I’m never putting it down.’

Mr Sink interjected, saying ‘that’s not true at all’, adding: ‘You promised about £40bn of unfunded tax cuts… that’s the country’s credit card.’

Ms Truss said: ‘Rishi That’s not true, under my plan, we’ll start paying off the debt in three years, Covid was a once in 100 year event, no other country is taxing it now, OECD Rishi. described the policies as contractionary.

At one stage presenter Sophie Raworth had to say to him: ‘Rishisink, please answer Liz Truss.’

As he continued to talk about mortgage rates, Miss Truss calmly dismissed him, saying: ‘I’m sorry it’s terrible, it’s the fear of the plan.’

Mr Sink replied: ‘I remember the (EU) referendum campaign and there was only one of us who was on the side of Remain and being scared and it wasn’t me, you.’

He replied: ‘Perhaps I have learned from him.’


Mr Sink accused Ms Truss of seeking too close a relationship with China, which the foreign secretary strongly disputed.

Mr Sink said: ‘There was a time when Liz was talking about the golden age of the relationship with China and the mission there was talking about working closely with things like food security and technology.

“But we need to recognize that China is a threat to our national security, it’s a threat to our economic security.”

He added that during his time as chancellor the government introduced the National Security Investment Bill, which gives the UK the power to ‘protect ourselves from countries like China that try to infiltrate our companies and steal our technology’. have been’.

Ms Truss interjected: ‘Rishi, I challenged you to a debate last week.

‘As recently as a month ago you were pushing for closer trade relations with China.’

He accused Mr Sink’s former finance ministry of fueling his desire for ‘closer economic ties’ with China, while the Foreign Office has taken the ‘hardest line’ with the country in which ‘it should be clear’ That Taiwan should be able to defend itself. ‘


Truss did not deny a cabinet colleague’s comments about the cost of Mr Sink’s clothes.

Both were asked about Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries criticizing Mr Sink’s expensive wardrobe while praising Ms Truss’s more modest clothes.

The former chancellor said: ‘I think in the Conservative Party we judge people by their character and their actions.

‘I am proud of my record as chancellor in helping some of the most vulnerable people over the last few years.’

Ms Truss refused to ‘refute’ Ms Dorries’ comments.

She said: ‘I’m not going to give fashion advice to Rishi. Which means: I have said that he is a very well-dressed man. I’m not going to give her fashion advice.

‘And I don’t think that’s really a key issue in the campaign.’