July 21, 2024

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Rishi Sunak warns that Keir Starmer is promising ‘same fantasies’ as Liz Truss

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Rishi Sunak defended his faltering election campaign by comparing it to his failed Tory leadership contest against Liz Truss, saying he was “proved right then” and warning Sir Keir Starmer was promising the “same fantasy”.

“I kept going. I kept saying what I thought was right for this country. I kept going to the end,” he told an audience during a special election edition of Question Time for the BBC in York on Thursday evening.

“You can trust me now when I say that what Keir Starmer is promising you is the same fantasy that Liz Truss did — and it’s just going to mean your taxes are going to go up.”

Sunak stood against Truss to become party head and prime minister in September 2022 after the resignation of Boris Johnson. Truss herself resigned the following month in the aftermath of her “mini” Budget and its effect on the UK economy.

The prime minister is reeling after it emerged that three party officials — including two Tory candidates — are under investigation for using insider information to place bets on the date of the election campaign in a scandal that has been pounced on by the Labour party as an example of dishonesty and corruption at the heart of government.

“I was incredibly angry to learn of these allegations,” he said, adding that he would “boot” anyone out of the Tory party if they were found to have broken rules.

The furore erupted a day after three polls indicated that the Tories are headed for a crushing defeat at the general election, with the least-favourable suggesting the party might be left with just 53 MPs and Sunak could lose his own seat.

Then Chris Skidmore, a former Tory energy minister, on Thursday endorsed Labour in an opinion piece for the Guardian, criticising Sunak for siding with climate deniers on net zero.

These latest developments intensified recriminations…

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