06.08.2022
‘Best form of flattery!’ Rishi Sunak slams Liz Truss for ‘copy and pasting’ his policies

Mr Sunak took aim at Ms Truss over a plethora of announcements made by the Foreign Secretary during the race to replace Boris Johnson as Conservative Party leader and Prime Minister. The former Chancellor challenged Ms Truss’ plan to introduce “full-fat freeport sites”, review the levelling-up funding formula, ensure transport links are better integrated, cut EU regulations and scrap Soviet-style Whitehall housing targets.

Mr Sunak’s campaign team claim the proposals have either been ripped from the former Chancellor or regurgitated by Ms Truss.

A Ready for Rishi campaign spokesman said: “Not only are Team Truss copy and pasting policies put in place by Rishi himself, but they are also re-announcing two-year-old Government policies.

“Imitation is the best form of flattery, as the saying goes.”

Ms Truss’ plan to introduce “full-fat freeports” on brownfield sites, which she claimed will axe “excessive” levels of existing red tape, has been criticised as a “copy and paste” of the work already done by the Brexit-backing former Chancellor.

Mr Sunak has been considered a prominent supporter of freeports since he penned a report for the Centre for Policy Studies about how they could be used following the 2016 Brexit referendum.

Critics have argued the UK was able to create freeports while in the European Union but experts suggest Britain has more freedom over the flexibilities and tax concessions it can offer since severing ties with the Brussels bloc.

Mr Sunak also flexed his Brexiteer credentials by lambasting Ms Truss’ proposals to scrap EU regulations.

The Foreign Secretary, who campaigned for the UK to remain in the EU before claiming she would now vote to leave the bloc, revealed she would introduce a so-called “sunset clause” on EU-derived legislation if she wins to race to Number 10.

Away from Brexit, Mr Sunak claimed Ms Truss’ proposal to scrap Soviet-style planning targets can be traced back to ex-Communities Secretary Eric Pickles in 2010.

Responding to the allegations against the Foreign Secretary, a Truss-supporting Tory MP told Express.co.uk the former Chancellor’s campaign had become “desperate”.

They added: “Talk is cheap. Only Liz will do what it takes to get our economy going, unite the party and stop Starmer.”

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  • 1 час, 19 минут назад 14.08.2022Politics
    ‘Not realistic’ Jacob Rees-Mogg swats away claims Boris Johnson is plotting return to No10

    The Brexit Opportunities Minister, a key ally to the outgoing Prime Minister, claimed it was “not realistic” to think Mr Johnson could make a return to Downing Street. Mr Johnson announced he would stand down as Prime Minister pending a Tory Party leadership contest in July after he faced a Cabinet cabal.

    During his final Prime Minister’s Questions, Mr Johnson said it was “probably… certainly” his last despatch box bout against Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer.

    He also claimed his “mission” was “largely accomplished – for now”.

    Jacob Rees-Mogg, who formerly chaired the pro-Brexit European Research Group, told GB News why he thinks Mr Johnson will be unable to stage a comeback.

    The North East Somerset MP, who is backing Tory leadership frontrunner Liz Truss in the race to replace Mr Johnson, said: “Nobody’s come back having lost the leadership of the party since Gladstone.”

    Mr Rees-Mogg added: “And I just don’t think in modern politics, the chance of coming back is realistic.

    “Lots of people think they’re going to be called back by a grateful nation which is why Harold MacMillan waited 20 years before accepting his peerage… Life just isn’t like that.”

    However, Mr Rees-Mogg’s comments come while the Sunday Mirror has claimed Mr Johnson and many of his allies are plotting a return to Downing Street if Ms Truss “implodes”.

    A source said: “I think that could well intensify if things go badly for Liz – you get people thinking ‘Would he have been any worse?’

    “She’s got strikes coming up, energy bills, inflation the whole lot.”

    Ms Truss leads her Conservative leadership challenger Rishi Sunak in the opinion polls among Tory Party members.

    According to a survey by Opinium, the Foreign Secretary has opened up a 22-point gap over the former Chancellor.

    However, the outgoing Prime Minister is set to be subject to the forthcoming Commons Privileges Committee inquiry into partygate.

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  • 3 часа, 19 минут назад 14.08.2022Politics
    The REAL Liz: How Truss will focus on delivery

    Northern Ireland minister Conor Burns said Ms Truss could harness the power of Government like no one else. The Conservative MP has not formally endorsed a candidate but praised the way she works with ministers and “remorselessly” strives to deliver results.

    Mr Burns, who worked under Mr Truss when she was International Trade Secretary, said: “I have to tell you, in my experience Liz was the most democratic, involving, devolving ministerial boss that I have ever worked for. She enjoyed running a team, she enjoyed empowering her ministers to deliver, recognising that individual success is collective success, and I have never seen a minister who when she made her mind up bent the machine to her will more effectively than Liz.“So, if Liz wins the leadership election and becomes Prime Minister I think we will see a return to full cabinet government with an absolutely forensic, remorseless focus on delivery.”Describing Ms Truss’s personality, he said: “The thing about Liz is there’s the side of her that often isn’t seen. She’s enormous fun.“She’s got an incredibly developed sense of humour. She’s incredibly loyal.“But fundamentally with Liz, what you see is what you get. Liz is authentic, unspun in many ways.“And those characteristics are ones that the public will find appealing.”A key challenge for the next PM will be reviving Northern Ireland’s power-sharing Government, with unionists adamant that the post-Brexit Northern Ireland protocol – which is blamed for disrupting trade with Great Britain – must be overhauled.

    Mr Burns said he believes Ms Truss feels a “heavy degree of responsibility” about the British and Irish governments’ obligation to protect the Good Friday Agreement which brought power-sharing to Northern Ireland.He said: “As far as the European Union are concerned, they will have in Liz Truss, if she is Prime Minister, someone who will want to do a deal but will not want to deal at any price; in that time-honoured phrase they will find in Liz Truss someone with whom they can do business if they conclude there is business they wish to do.”

    The Belfast-born Bournemouth West MP wants to avoid a return to direct rule in Northern Ireland or the need for fresh elections to the Stormont Assembly. He is also hopeful that the people of Northern Ireland will choose to remain part of the United Kingdom.“I think a prosperous stable Northern Ireland will enduringly see its place within the United Kingdom,” he said. “I think a confident, embracing, outward-looking pro-union worldview will continue to command not just majority support but overwhelming support.”

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  • 3 часа, 19 минут назад 14.08.2022Politics
    Sunday Express backs Liz Truss as she sets her ambition for Britain

    The Foreign Secretary and frontrunner to succeed Boris Johnson as Prime Minister has pledged to listen to the voices of ordinary people if she wins the keys to Downing St with the unequivocal message: “I’m on your side.” Ms Truss has won the endorsement of the Sunday Express, and she describes how she plans to help families get through the cost of living crisis this winter and details her ambitions for a stronger Britain.

    She said: “Times are tough and I share your concerns. I am running in this contest because I believe I have the vision and ability to help families in every part of the UK.“I will work every day as Prime Minister to make sure you can keep more of your hard earned money, that your children have the best chance to fulfil their potential no matter where they are from, and that our borders and values are secure.“I understand that people are worried about paying for bills and making ends meet, but I have a plan to ignite growth, boost wages and get our economy growing again – to grow the size of the pie so we can all have a slice.”Ms Truss will face one of the most daunting in-trays of a Prime Minister in recent decades if she makes it to No 10, but she argues Britons can look to the future with hope.She said: “I will speak for people right across the United Kingdom, who believe in our country, who know that we can be more successful, who understand that our best days are ahead of us. And I will ignore the siren voices of decline and I will make sure that we get things done to propel our country forward.”Ms Truss argues cutting taxes will drive growth, boost family finances and generate the cash to fund public services.The 47-year-old mother of two acknowledged that people are “struggling with fuel bills and food bills” and insisted this is why “it’s so important that we cut taxes to put more money in people’s pockets”.

    She said: “I would have a temporary moratorium on the green energy levy to [cut] fuel bills. And I will also work to make sure we increase the supply of energy, such as getting more gas out of the North Sea, moving forward quicker on nuclear power to make sure that we have good energy supplies at a reasonable price.”Ms Truss claims that changes to EU-era insurance rules will unlock “tens of billions” of pounds of investment for the manufacturing industries.“We need to be bold,” she said. “We need to grow the economy and we need to unleash all the potential of Brexit…“I will get rid of all the EU laws off the statute books by the end of 2023, putting in place our own rules on things like investment and procurement, and I will drive opportunities right across our country.”Adamant that low taxes and economic growth are crucial to helping households cope with living costs, she said: “I would make sure I’m doing all I can to help struggling families, but the best way to do that is to make sure we’re not taxing people in the first place and actually giving them their own money back.”She is also ready to rip up red tape, saying: “We need to make sure that our tax system, our regulatory system, is on the side of people who are contributing, who run small businesses, who are self employed. We need to make sure that people on fixed incomes like pensioners are able to get by, that is my priority – making sure that we support a society where everybody can thrive.”

    However, in a stance which may put her on a collision course with unions, she argues that major public sector pay increases could harm the country in its fight against inflation. She says it is “very important is that we don’t bake-in ongoing inflation and that’s why we have to have restraints on public sector pay”.The South Norfolk MP’s ambitions go beyond getting the country through the present economic challenges. She wants Britain to be the most prosperous country in Europe.“We absolutely can be,” she said. “We have hugely talented people.“We have a fantastic industries. We have a very successful technology sector.“And there is no reason at all why we can’t build on that make sure everybody in our country prospers and we are the most successful economy in Europe.”Ms Truss understands citizens’ frustration with the state of the public services. Her priorities include addressing NHS waiting lists and making sure people can see GPs and dentists.She pledges that “doctors and nurses on the frontline will be empowered to treat patients in the best possible way” and she says she will “ reduce the level of central diktat and bureaucracy”.

    “I’m somebody who gets things done and makes things happen,” she said.She further understands that millions of voters want a reduction in the number of people attempting to enter the country illegally by travelling in small boats across the English Channel. Her plan includes legislating so the European Court of Human Rights cannot block Government’s policy of sending people to Rwanda to have their asylum claims processed.Stressing the need to deliver a reduction in illegal immigration, she said: “[We] have to make that happen and I’m determined to deliver that.”She says people should take pride in Britain’s history rather than being made to feel ashamed, arguing the rest of the world admires our heritage – and so should we.She said: “I travelled the world as Foreign Secretary and I know that people around the world believe that Britain has made a fantastic contribution to democracy, to freedom and the rule of law, and I will promote that here in Britain. We should be proud of what we are, we should be proud of our values and what we believe in.“And I will have no truck with those who are trying to do our country down and claim that we should be ashamed. The opposite is true.“We should be proud of what we’ve achieved and also we should be confident about our future.”

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    Ms Truss, who is also minister for women and equalities, made it clear she takes a traditional line when it comes to gender identity.She said: “I want to make sure that all of our national life [and] public sector reflect the common sense views of the British people. I’m very clear a woman is a woman.“That’s something that should be understood right across the country.” The former International Trade Secretary is also insistent that Britain will continue to play a leading role in opposing Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.She said: “If [Tory members] elect me they will be sending a message to Putin that we are going to stand up to his bullying and aggression, that we are 100 percent on the side of the Ukrainian people and we won’t rest until Russia leaves Ukraine.”In a personal message to Sunday Express readers, she said: “I didn’t get into politics to manage decline. I mean it when I say our country’s best days are ahead of us.“Sunday Express readers were right to vote for the Conservative Party in 2019, they were right to reject the defeatist and divisive Labour party, and they are right to look to the future with hope. As Prime Minister I will always be on your side.”

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  • 3 часа, 19 минут назад 14.08.2022Politics
    Boris ‘serious’ probe blasted as Tories focus on leadership race

    But allies of the present Prime Minister are concerned he will be found in “contempt” of Parliament by the privileges committee investigation led by former deputy leader Harriet Harman and may have to fight a by-election.Tories claim that Labour is trying to kill off the chances of a comeback by Mr Johnson and there is anger that Conservative whips did not do more to protect the PM.The whips are blamed for running a “very sloppy operation” and making a “howling error” by not ensuring the mandate of the privileges committee was limited to identifying whether Mr Johnson “knowingly” misled Parliament. If he is found guilty of contempt there is the danger he could be suspended from the Commons and have to defend his Uxbridge and South Ruislip seat in a by-election.A minister said: “It’s a very serious position.”Former Leader of the Commons Jacob Rees-Mogg, who is today Brexit Opportunities minister, fired the latest shot at the investigation.He told GB News: “I think the committee inquiry is absurd. The Prime Minister has gone.”Mr Rees-Mogg said Ms Harman was “doing genuine damage to her reputation” by chairing the investigation.A Johnson ally said: “They should drop it immediately. It is awful and vindictive that they are trying to kick a man when he’s down.

    “It is clear though that they worry that Boris might make a comeback and are running scared. This vengeful witch hunt is unbecoming of Parliament and a disgrace.“Ultimately, Boris should answer to the electorate not a kangaroo court.”A senior Conservative backbencher added: “Boris has already paid the price for all of this. [We] shouldn’t fall for this and should rescind the Committee’s mandate when the House returns.”However, other Tories are defending the committee – which has a Conservative majority – and insist the investigation should not be stopped.A long-serving minister said: “No one is above the rules. The privileges committee must go ahead.“The Conservative colleagues on the committee are decent and honourable and should not be attacked… It is for Parliament to decide these matters.“I, and hundreds of other colleagues, feel very strongly on this.”Meanwhile, former Chancellor Rishi Sunak sought to capture the attention of the Tory tribe by pledging to legislate so the UK will be “entirely energy independent by 2045”. He confirmed that if he becomes PM on September 5 there will be immediate support for households with their energy bills.

    Mr Sunak promised urgent action to drive up domestic energy supply with the creation of a new energy security task force and deregulation in the North Sea to allow gas production to increase over the winter.Fracking for shale gas would be allowed where there is local consent, and he wants to introduce low cost measures to insulate millions of homes.He said: “We are facing an energy crisis and I have a plan to both get us through it and make sure this is a one winter crunch.”

    Mr Sunak pledged to “leave no stone unturned to secure British energy sovereignty”.His rival for the top job, Foreign Secretary Ms Truss, presented herself as a PM-in-waiting who would govern in the interests of all the nations of the United Kingdom.She accused Scotland’s SNP of being preoccupied with the issue of independence when they should be focused on averting a recession and attacked the Labour Government in Wales for failing to invest infrastructure.

    Ms Truss said she would invest in projects including upgrading the A75 between Gretna and Stranraer and building the M4 relief road in Wales. She said she would work to open up new export markets for products such as Scottish whisky and smoked salmon, Welsh lamb and ships from Northern Ireland.She said: “For too long, people in parts of our United Kingdom have been let down by their devolved administrations playing political games instead of focusing on their priorities. If elected prime minister, I will deliver for our whole country.“We are not four separate nations in an agreement of convenience, as some would have us believe. We are one great country which shares a history and institutions, but also family and friends, memories and values.

    “I would ensure that our entire family continues to get the attention, support, and investment that it deserves.”

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  • 5 часов, 19 минут назад 14.08.2022Politics
    ‘Labour’s out to lunch’ Starmer missing as Gordon Brown becomes “official Opposition”

    Sir Keir Starmer appears to have vanished from public view as the cost of living crisis continues to hammer households across the country. The Labour leader has been largely absent from the frontlines of politics, leaving critics to question his drive to resolve soaring inflation. With Sir Keir out of the way, former Labour Prime Minister Gordon Brown appears to have emerged as the new face of the Opposition to the Tory Government. Political commentator Ali Miraj has mocked leading Labour politicians for appearing ‘out to lunch’ amid the ongoing economic turmoil.

    Speaking on Talk TV, Mr Miraj said: “Gordon Brown, at the moment, seems to be the official opposition.

    “I’m all in favour of politicians taking breaks, it’s important, they work very hard and they’re in the public eye all the time so they do need to have a break.

    “But, at the moment, we are facing a dire cost of living crisis and Labour seems to be out to lunch.

    “We haven’t heard anything from Rachel Reeves or from Keir Starmer, who was at the Edinburgh Fringe this week defending himself on it.”

    The Labour leader appeared alongside broadcaster Iain Dale for an interview at Edinburgh Fringe Festival this week.

    During the meeting, Sir Keir hinted at “unrepeatable” nicknames he uses to reference the outgoing Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

    Sir Keir branded Mr Johnson a “complete lame duck” over his inaction surrounding the crisis of rising fuel costs.

    He added: “The Labour party actually has been all over this for the best part of a year because energy prices and what we would do about them was the dominant theme of our conference last year.”

    Mr Miraj continued: “The Labour party has not really been visible.

    “Gordon Brown has been and he is basically saying that crises do not take holidays and you need to act now.”

    Writing for The Observer, Gordon Brown has declared the nation is heading towards a “financial timebomb” of rocketing energy costs and urged the Government to take emergency action.

    Mr Brown’s comments have had an undeniable impact with Boris Johnson mistakenly referring to him as the “current Labour leader” during an interview on the energy crisis.

    Sir Keir has reportedly been enjoying some time away from his political duties on a holiday with his family.

    Mr Brown slammed the absence of the Labour leader in a fiery article in which he declared economic crises “don’t take holidays.”

    The former Prime Minister wrote: “Tide and time wait for no one. Neither to crises.

    They don’t take holidays and don’t politely hang fire – certainly not to suit the convenience of a departing Prime Minister and the whims of two potential successors and the Conservative party membership.”

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  • 9 часов, 20 минут назад 13.08.2022Politics
    Liz Truss pledges to end ‘woke’ culture of civil services that ‘strays into anti-Semitism’

    The Foreign Secretary revealed she has had to battle with civil service mandarins over policy relating to Israel. She also set out plans to tackle anti-Jewish attacks by improving education in schools and ridding university campuses of prejudice. And finalising a free trade agreement between the UK and Israel will be a priority if she wins the Tory leadership race.

    She said: “The relationship between the UK and Israel has grown over the last year but there is still more to do, including completing a free trade deal with Israel.

    “So many Jewish values are Conservative values and British values too, for example seeing the importance of family and always taking steps to protect the family unit – and the value of hard work and self-starting and setting up your own business.”

    During her time at the Foreign Office, Ms Truss said she has taken a “strong stand” in tackling anti-Semitism internationally, particularly on organisations such as the United Nation’s Human Rights Council. She says it has been “used to peddle a particular agenda which frankly have strong elements of anti-Semitism”.

    The approach meant she had to “overrule” Foreign Office officials who claimed it would leave Britain “isolated”. Ms Truss said: “Every organisation has its culture, but it’s not fixed, it can be changed. That’s what ministerial leadership is about – it’s about making sure that the policies we represent, the values we stand for, are reflected in what we do.

    “I’ve been very clear with our officials about the positions we take on Israel, and that will continue if I become Prime Minister.”

    The comment caused a backlash inWhitehall. Dave Penman, general secretary of the FDA, which represents senior civil servants, said: “Truss’s accusation of anti-Semitism goes further than the usual dog-whistle politics that has been on display during this leadership campaign when it comes to the civil service.

    “She provides no evidence for her accusation that many civil servants will find both insulting and abhorrent.

    “A prime minister is also minister for the civil service, and throwing around such unfounded inflammatory accusations illustrates a lack of leadership – the very thing that she claims to be demonstrating.”

    Mike Clancy, general secretary of the Prospect union, which repre- sents civil servants, said: “Anti- Semitism and racism in any form is deplorable and must be eradicated. She should have a better grip on both the evidence and facts about what is happening in the civil service.

    “If there is evidence, she should publish it.

    “This smacks more of further attempts to undermine public services rather than focus on the job of serving the public.”

    The issue of anti-Semitism in politics came under sharp focus during Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership of Labour. He was suspended from the party in 2020 for rejecting a bombshell report into his handling of the issue while in charge. Sir Keir Starmer said it was a “day of shame” for the party and vowed to stamp out anti-Jewish prejudice in its ranks. The Equality and Human Rights Commission found the party was responsible for unlawful acts of harassment and discrimination during Mr Corbyn’s time at the top.

    It said there were “inexcusable” failures in the response to the issue that “appeared to be a result of a lack of willingness to tackle anti-Semitism rather than an inability to do so”.

    A Ms Truss source said: “As Prime Minister Liz will review whether schools are doing enough to tackle increasing anti-Semitism.”

    A spokesman for the Community Security Trust, a charity working to protect British Jews, said: “Both leadership candidates have expressed strong opposition to anti-Semitism.

    “We sincerely welcome their suggested policies for how to best tackle this growing problem.”

    Meanwhile, Boris Johnson showed little sign yesterday that he would soon forgive Rishi Sunak for helping to oust him from No 10.

    The Prime Minister dodged questions about whether he would start returning the former chancellor’s calls after refusing to speak to him since his Cabinet walkout.

    It came after Mr Sunak said he had tried to contact Mr Johnson but “not surprisingly” his calls had gone unanswered and had not been returned.

    During a visit to NorthWales, Mr Johnson told reporters asking about the situation: “That’s one of those Westminster questions that doesn’t change the price of fish.

    “There are plenty of things that do change the price of fish, not least the price of energy, but that’s not one of them.”

    Mr Sunak insisted he was still in with a chance of winning the leadership contest as he continued to meet party members yesterday.

    He told Times Radio: “I’m fighting passionately for the things that I believe are best for this country.

    “And the reception I’m getting everywhere I go is positive and I think I’ve got a fantastic chance to make progress in this campaign.”

    He denied it was a lost cause, adding: “All the polls don’t say that actually, there was a poll of councillors the other day – and there have hardly been any polls to be honest – which showed it was completely evenly split between me and Liz Truss and people who don’t know, and that’s the point.” Mr Sunak said “lots of people have not made up their mind”.

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Politics 'Best form of flattery!' Rishi Sunak slams Liz Truss for 'copy and pasting' his policies