As party members begin receiving their ballots for the final leadership vote, Mr. Sunak stated that his plan was “radical” but “practical,” and that it adhered to his “fundamental economic convictions.”
He stated, “I will never reduce taxes in a manner that increases inflation.” “I will never make promises that I cannot keep. And finally, I will always be truthful about the obstacles we confront.
“Because winning this leadership campaign without informing the public of what lies ahead would not only be dishonest, but it would also be an act of self-sabotage that condemns our party to defeat in the next general election and relegates us to a lengthy spell in opposition.”
In an apparent jab at his competitor, the former prime minister added: “There is no more important decision than the one currently facing Conservative members: deciding who will lead our country domestically and internationally during challenging times.
“As they consider this decision, I tell them to be wary of any vision that doesn’t require severe trade-offs and to keep in mind that if something seems too good to be true, it probably is,” the author writes.
A member of her campaign staff accused Mr. Sunak of making “another U-turn on tax cuts” after he announced he would reduce VAT on energy bills, stating that while the move was “good,” it was “a shame that he didn’t do this as chancellor when he constantly hiked taxes.”
They further stated: “Unfortunately, tomorrow will be jam-packed. People require tax reductions within seven weeks, not seven years. He has also conditioned it on achieving growth first, well aware that his corporation tax increases are contractionary.
The public and members of the Conservative Party can see through these flip-flops and about-faces.
However, one of Mr. Sunak’s friends, Conservative MP John Glen, rejected the accusation, stating that the ex-chancellor was “laying out both the task and the goal.”
He told, “As Conservatives, we want to bring tax cuts forward as rapidly as possible when they are reasonable, not when they are unfunded, they will burden future generations, and the economy is in a state of extreme uncertainty.”
Ms. Truss’s approach has been well-received by the membership, as seen by the fact that she currently leads the polls, and has also garnered the endorsement of prominent party officials over the weekend, including Defence Secretary Ben Wallace and former leadership candidate Tom Tugendhat.
And on Sunday night, Chancellor Nadhim Zahawi became the most recent person to support her campaign, writing in the Daily Telegraph that she will “overturn the outdated economic dogma and conservatively run our economy.”
Team Sunak claims, however, that there is still “much to play for” and that the contest “has only just begun,” citing a Savanta ComRes poll of local Tory councilors showing a 2% gap between the final two candidates.
Damien Green, a senior backbencher, and former minister, also confirmed his support for the former chancellor, stating that he trusted Mr. Sunak to “unite the party” and “provide a solution” to the difficulties facing the United Kingdom.
She will also commit to a short-term extension of the government’s seasonal employees scheme to provide farmers and producers with the necessary labor force, as well as engage with the industry to solve longer-term skill gaps.
However, a representative from Mr. Sunak’s team stated that her statement “does nothing for farmers and food.”
They also stated: “She blames Brexit and fails to recognize the potential it presents to aid farmers and food production; she has no plan to combat inflation, which has severely impacted input costs; and, due to her track record in this area, she fails to address trade agreements.
“The true colors of the Remainers are beginning to emerge.”
Members of the Conservative Party will begin receiving their ballots today and will be the only ones with a voice in whether Mr. Sunak or Ms. Truss becomes the next prime minister of the United Kingdom.
Voting will be open until September 2, and the winner will be announced on September 5.