Rishi Sunak goes to Thatcher’s birthplace to say ‘the powerful’ want Liz Truss

Rishi Sunak in front of a

He traveled to Margaret Thatcher’s birthplace to deliver a speech in which he presented himself as Prime Minister as the country’s best hope (Image: PA)

You say Brits love to support an outsider, but could the same be true of a former chancellor whose resignation toppled the government?

Rishi Sunak is reckoning, telling his supporters today that the ‘forces’ have thrown their weight behind his rivals in the Tory leadership contest.

He traveled to Margaret Thatcher’s birthplace to deliver a speech in which he presented himself as the country’s best hope as Prime Minister.

“Those in power want this to be a crowning glory for the other candidate,” he told a crowd in Grantham.

“But I think the members want an election and they are willing to listen.”

Urged by reporters to elaborate on these forces, he said he was speaking “generally”.

His trip to Grantham means both candidates now appear to be positioning themselves to succeed Thatcher, Britain’s first woman prime minister.

In one of the TV bosses’ debates, Liz Truss wore an outfit very similar to that worn by the Iron Lady when she was campaigning for the election herself in the 1980s.

Mr Sunak laughed when asked if the choice of location was a fluke and told reporters he believed what he was proposing was “common sense Thatcherism”.

Indeed, polls of Tory voters have indicated Mr Sunak is waging an uphill battle, with Conservative members of the grassroots saying they favor Ms Truss, who is seen as more right-wing.

The former Remainer-turned-passionate Brexiteer is also the preferred candidate among the remaining Johnson loyalists in the party.

Ms Truss pledged to scrutinize all EU laws retained post-Brexit in a “red tape” by the end of next year when she becomes Prime Minister, and to scrap or replace those designed to hamper the UK’s growth.

There are fears that this could result in employment and environmental policies being undermined.

She said that if elected, she will set a “sunset” deadline for any EU-derived business regulation and will assess by the end of 2023 whether it stimulates domestic growth or investment.

When asked if this could limit workers’ rights, she said: “Absolutely not. I’m all about lowering people’s taxes, reversing increases in Social Security to put more money in people’s pockets, and making sure those who work hard get to work and are rewarded.’

Mr Sunak, in his speech on Saturday morning, took aim at his rival’s Brexit credentials, which were laden with warnings about the dangers of inflation and the need for a new “radicalism” in government.

In front of a mostly friendly audience he called himself the “underdog”.

Comparison photos showing Liz Truss and Margaret Thatcher in similar outfits

Liz Truss also appeared to be aiming for bonus points from Thatcher fans (Image: PA)

Elsewhere in his speech, Mr. Sunak attempted to draw a clear dividing line between himself and Ms. Truss, which he did not name directly as he was implicitly criticizing her proposed tax cuts, which she said would help reduce inflation.

“If we’re going to deliver on the promise of Brexit, we need someone who really understands Brexit, believes in Brexit, voted for Brexit,” he told the cheering crowd.

In a speech punctuated by frequent applause, he also said, “We must tell the truth about the cost of living.

“Rising inflation is the enemy that is making everyone poorer and putting your home and savings at risk. And we must tell the truth about taxes.

“I’m not going to put any money back in your pocket because I know rising inflation will only whip it right out.”

He said he would be tackling NHS backlogs, which would be driven in part by what he called a “vaccine-style” taskforce.

Mr Sunak warned of “backdoor privatisation” and announced plans to eliminate year-long NHS waits six months ahead of schedule by September 2024 and bring totals down by next year.

Ms Truss was also campaigning today and in an interview with the Telegraph she firmly defended her economic vision.

Describing herself as an “insurgent” who wants to change things, she told the newspaper her vision of Britain as “high growth, high productivity, powerhouse”.

Commenting on her plan to bring down inflation, she said: “I think it’s right that inflation will go down because inflation was caused by a global supply shock.

“But it has been exacerbated by monetary policy. I have said that I will look into the Bank of England’s mandate in the future. It is set by the Ministry of Finance. It was last set up by Gordon Brown in 1997.’

Pressed to give her thoughts on the Bank of England’s mandate, she added: “I want to look at the best practices of central banks around the world, review their mandates and make sure we have a strong enough focus on money supply and on Inflation.’

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