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Liz Truss enters the leadership contest

11 July 2022

7:04 AM

11 July 2022

7:04 AM

Liz Truss has become the tenth candidate to enter the Tory leadership race. Announcing her intentions in an op-ed for the Daily Telegraph, the Foreign Secretary has promised if successful to ‘fight the election as a Conservative and govern as a Conservative’. As for her pitch to MPs and members, Truss joins the list of Tory leadership hopefuls promising tax cuts.

She says she would take ‘immediate action to help people deal with the cost of living’ which would mean cutting taxes from ‘day one’. A supporter of Truss goes further: ‘Liz is the tax cutting candidate who can actually lead the country from day one, help ensure Putin loses in Ukraine and the candidate with a track record of delivery in government’.


So, how is Truss’s campaign doing so far? Ahead of announcing, she was on 12 MPs publicly backing her – putting her behind Rishi Sunak, the frontrunner on 33, and Penny Mordaunt who is currently at 20 endorsements. There is a growing sense among MPs that Sunak will be in the final two. It means the race is on among those on the right of the party to get behind a candidate.

Team Truss believe she would stand a good chance of beating Sunak should she get to the membership. They hope to win MPs on side by arguing that Truss has the experience along with the values that means she is best placed. As one supporter of Truss puts it: ‘Liz has the authority and stature to take Rishi on, and then win a general election’. However, the endorsements tonight – Michael Gove for Kemi Badenoch and Jake Berry for Tom Tugendhat – point to just how unpredictable this contest could be.

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