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Sajid Javid throws his support behind Liz Truss

Sajid Javid has helped Liz Truss become the next conservative leader.
The former home secretary believes Rishi Sunak’s economic plans would lead Britain “sleepwalking into a high-tax, low-growth economy” and suggested his refusal to cut taxes risked pushing Britain into a “middle-income economy” at a loss of “global clout and energy.” Javid told the Times that Truss has a “willingness to challenge the status quo” and warned that there are “no risk-free options in government.”

His move comes at 7pm tonight ahead of the Tory leadership’s final hustings in Cardiff.

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  • At the third hustings in Cardiff, Liz Truss said she wants to “extend” the government’s contentious Rwanda migration policy “to more countries” in an attempt to stop small boat crossings. The foreign secretary also told the audience she would increase economic growth first by “getting rid of all EU laws” still in place by the end of 2023.
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    • On Liz Truss’s public sector pay U-turn, Rishi Sunak said he is “glad she U-turned on that policy” and says it would have cut the wages of half a million workers in Wales. Truss blamed “the media” for having “misinterpreted” her £8.8 billion policy to cut public-sector pay outside London that she abandoned after criticism from Conservative colleagues.
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    • Sunak’s flagship policy in Wales of introducing two new freeports in the country was met with muted applause.
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    • Sajid Javid has backed Liz Truss to become the next Conservative leader. The former home secretary believes Rishi Sunak’s economic plans would lead Britain “sleepwalking into a high-tax, low-growth” economy and suggested his refusal to cut taxes risked Britain becoming a “middle-income economy” with a loss of “global influence and power”
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    • A new poll by ConservativeHome finds Liz Truss is most likely to become the next prime minister, with 58% of those asked backing her. Rishi Sunak has the support of 26% and 12% are undecided.
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    • Parliament has taken down its newly created TikTok account after Conservative MPs sanctioned by China raised concerns about the social media platform’s data security.
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    • A YouGov poll conducted for the Times found that Conservative party members still believe Boris Johnson would make a better prime minister than the two leadership contenders, Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss. Asked who they thought would make the better prime minister, Truss leads Sunak by 58% to 29%. But throwing Johnson into the ring shows him winning, with 40% saying he would make the best PM, to Truss’s 28% and Sunak’s 23%.
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    On the contentious Rwanda migrant policy, Truss says she wants to “extend” it “to more countries” in an attempt to stop small boat crossings.

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    Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss will go head-to-head in a hustings in Cardiff on from 7pm to 9pm which we will be liveblogging.

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    This will be the third hustings of the contest.

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    Sajid Javid has backed Liz Truss to become the next Conservative leader.
    The former home secretary believes Rishi Sunak’s economic plans would lead Britain “sleepwalking into a high-tax, low-growth” economy and suggested his refusal to cut taxes risked Britain becoming a “middle-income economy” with a loss of “global influence and power”. Javid told The Times that Truss had the “willingness to challenge the status quo” warning there were “no risk-free options in government”.

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    His move comes ahead of the latest Tory leadership hustings in Cardiff at 7pm tonight.

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    Liz Truss has said she would “support and extend” the government’s Rwanda deportation policy “to more countries”.

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    Both Truss and her rival, Rishi Sunak, have previously committed to continuing the controversial policy if they become prime minister, but today the foreign secretary went further to say she would broaden it to other countries.

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    Asked about her plans to tackle the rising number of Channel crossings, Truss said:

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    We need to make sure that the appalling people traffickers don’t succeed in bringing small boats across the English Channel.

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    She added:

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    I would support and extend the Rwanda policy to more countries but also I would make sure in British law that we can’t be overruled by the ECHR (European court of human rights) so we are able to protect our borders.

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    Here’s more from that YouGov poll conducted for the Times, which found that Conservative party members still believe Boris Johnson would make a better prime minister than the two leadership contenders, Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss.

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    Asked who they thought would make the better prime minister, Truss leads Sunak by 58% to 29%. But throwing Boris Johnson into the ring shows him winning, with 40% saying he would make the best PM, to Truss’s 28% and Sunak’s 23%.

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    Those who intend to vote for Truss are divided, with 49% backing Johnson compared with 45% who think Truss will be an improvement. By contrast, few Sunak voters are deterred: 76% think the former chancellor would be the better PM, with only 18% switching their vote over to Johnson.

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    Tory members think that Boris Johnson would make a better PM than either of his potential replacements

    Boris Johnson: 40% say would be best
    Liz Truss: 28%
    Rishi Sunak: 23%https://t.co/r58kzKSrfX pic.twitter.com/58sCXvPy6L

    — YouGov (@YouGov) August 3, 2022

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    Only 39% of members believe that the Tories will win a majority at the next election under Liz Truss. Even fewer (19%) say so if Rishi Sunak is in charge.

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    Of those who intend to vote for Sunak, just 37% expect him to lead the Tories to a majority in 2024.

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    Few Tory members expect the Tories to win a majority under either leadership candidate

    Truss
    Majority: 39%
    Majority/largest party: 66%

    Sunak
    Majority: 19%
    Majority/largest party: 52%

    Only 37% who intend to vote for Sunak expect him to win a majorityhttps://t.co/r58kzKSrfX pic.twitter.com/YpnzP6haxl

    — YouGov (@YouGov) August 3, 2022

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    Parliament has taken down its newly created TikTok account after Conservative MPs sanctioned by China raised concerns about the social media platform’s data security.

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    Last week, senior MPs and members of the House of Lords, including Tom Tugendhat, Iain Duncan Smith and Nus Ghani, criticised parliamentary authorities for setting up the account on TikTok, which is owned by the Chinese technology company ByteDance.

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    In a joint letter to the speakers of the House of Commons and the House of Lords and seen by Politico, the group of Conservative politicians said they were “surprised and disappointed” with the decision to set up the account.

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    They said:

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    The prospect of Xi Jinping’s government having access to personal data on our children’s phones ought to be a cause for major concern.

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    The letter urged parliamentary authorities to take down the account “until credible assurances can be given that no data whatsoever can be transferred to China”.

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    The TikTok account has now been locked and its content deleted, Politico’s Eleni Courea reports.

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    NEW – Parliament has shut down its TikTok account after MPs sanctioned by China raised concerns about data security in a letter revealed by Playbook

    Parliament spox: “Based on Member feedback, we are closing the pilot UK Parliament TikTok account earlier than we had planned”

    — Eleni Courea (@elenicourea) August 3, 2022

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    Ghani, a vice-chair of the party’s 1922 Committee, shared a letter from the speakers of the House of Commons and the House of Lords and thanked them for the decision.

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    The letter said:

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    We were not consulted on the plans for this pilot project, but over the last few days we have discussed the initiative with officials. The account was an attempt to engage with younger audiences – who are not always active on our existing social media platforms – regarding the work of Parliament.

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    However, in light of your feedback and concerns expressed to us, we have decided that the account should be closed with immediate effect.

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    TikTok Update.
    Thank you ⁦@CommonsSpeaker⁩ & ⁦@LordSpeaker⁩ for standing up for our values and protecting our data.
    Common sense prevails.
    @ipacglobal⁩ ⁦@MPIainDS⁩ ⁦@timloughton⁩ ⁦@CommonsBEIS⁩ ⁦@TomTugendhat⁩ ⁦@lukedepulfordpic.twitter.com/8ecjX0yaKk

    — Nus Ghani MP (@Nus_Ghani) August 3, 2022

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    Former Conservative party treasurer, Lord Cruddas, has called for the leadership contest to be suspended after the delivery of ballot papers to party members was delayed following security concerns.

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    Cruddas, who has led a campaign for Boris Johnson’s name to be on the ballot, suggested the PM’s resignation should be rejected and that he should stay in his role until any security issues are resolved.

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    In a letter to the party’s board seen on the Conservative Post website, Cruddas said:

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    The board should reject the resignation of the prime minister and ask him to stay on whilst the board fixes any cyber issues and the leadership campaign can be revisited in due course.

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    He called for the board to “immediately” suspend the leadership campaign and to allow party members to decide on a yes/no ballot to accept Johnson’s resignation.

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    He added:

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    If the members vote to keep Boris then there is no need for a leadership campaign and no more cyber security threats.

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    The delivery of ballot papers to Conservative members to vote for the next prime minister has been delayed following security concerns.

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    The postal ballot packs were due to be sent out from Monday to about 160,000 Tory members to choose between Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak.

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    However, members have been informed the ballot papers will arrive later than scheduled and could arrive as late as 11 August. An email on Tuesday evening said:

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    Your ballot is now on the way – but it will arrive with you a little later than we originally said.

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    Please do not worry. This is because we have taken some time to add some additional security to our ballot process, which has delayed us slightly.

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    The announcement of the leadership contest is due to take place on 5 September, which is expected to remain the same despite the delay.

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    The decision to delay the sending out of the ballots follows advice from the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), part of the UK’s GCHQ listening post.

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    Read the full article here.

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    A YouGov poll for The Times published last night showed that Liz Truss has a 34-point lead over her rival, Rishi Sunak, among Conservative party members.

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    The poll, which the paper said was conducted over the past five days, showed 60% support for Truss versus 26% for Sunak, with the remainder undecided. Almost nine in 10 Tory members have already made up their minds about who to vote for, it said.

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    The results of the poll suggest a significant widening of Truss’s lead. The last YouGov poll, carried out on 20 July, had support for Truss on 49% compared with 31% for Sunak. Truss is ahead of Sunak among all age groups, across different parts of the country and among men and women.

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    The poll also suggested that Boris Johnson would “easily beat” both Truss and Sunak if he were on the ballot paper, with widespread resentment among Conservative party members about the way he was ousted from office.

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    Good morning. The Conservative former Northern Ireland secretary, Brandon Lewis, has attempted to defend Liz Truss by suggesting it was “never the case” that the Tory leadership contender had planned to cut public sector pay.

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    Lewis, who is backing Truss’s leadership bid, said “there was never any risk to the pay of the brilliant public sector” after the foreign secretary suffered a humiliating setback when she was forced into a U-turn on civil service pay after a backlash from within her own party.

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    Asked if her campaign was abandoning a flagship policy to slash £8.8bn from public sector pay outside London, he told Times Radio:

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    You do see during leadership campaigns obviously people putting out ideas – we’ve seen Rishi Sunak’s team have put out eight or nine different things that they’ve changed around.

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    The reality of yesterday is, what Liz was outlining was part of a package of dealing with Whitehall waste. We all want to see that dealt with, it’s part of a programme of work actually to get the civil service – it’s grown by about 91,000 just in the last few years, back down to levels where we’re using taxpayers’ money efficiently and effectively.

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    He added:

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    What Liz was looking at yesterday and what the campaign was looking at is what you do in new contracts as people come in, but look, she made it very clear yesterday, we’re not taking this forward, this isn’t something that’s going to happen and we value obviously all of the work – and there was never any risk to the pay of the brilliant public sector who’ve done so well through the Covid period and the challenges that we’ve seen over the last couple of years.

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    Lewis’s comments came as Truss and her rival, Rishi Sunak, prepare to face party members in a third set of Tory leadership hustings later today. A new YouGov poll suggests that almost nine in 10 Tory members have made up their mind about who to support, with 60% plumping for Truss and just 26% for Sunak despite a difficult week for Truss. Tonight’s event in Cardiff marks the first time either has visited Wales since the contest began.

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    Conservative members who were due to receive their postal ballot papers have been informed that the papers will arrive later than scheduled following security concerns and could arrive as late as 11 August.

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    An email on Tuesday evening said the papers, due to be sent out from Monday to about 160,000 Tory members, said:

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    Your ballot is now on the way – but it will arrive with you a little later than we originally said.

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    Please do not worry. This is because we have taken some time to add some additional security to our ballot process, which has delayed us slightly.

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    The announcement of the leadership contest result is due to take place on 5 September, which is expected to remain the same despite the delay.

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    Here is the agenda for the day.

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    10am: The Scottish Labour leader, Anas Sarwar, will hold a press conference to mark the launch of the second paper concerning the reform of Scotland and the UK.

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    Morning: Boris Johnson begins his summer holiday from today.

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    7pm: Tory leadership hustings in Cardiff.

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    I’ll be covering for Andrew Sparrow today. Do drop me a line if you have any questions or think I’ve missed anything. My email is leonie.chao-fong@theguardian.com or you can reach me on Twitter.

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    key events

    We are now closing this blog, thanks for following the day’s developments with us. You can read all of our policy coverage here

    A summary of today’s developments

    • At the third husting in Cardiff, Liz Truss said she wanted to “extend the government’s controversial migration policy in Rwanda to more countries” to try and stop small boat crossings. The foreign minister also told the audience that she would first boost economic growth by abolishing “all EU laws that are still in force” by the end of 2023.
    • On Liz Truss’ public sector pay reversal, Rishi Sunak said he was “glad she reversed this policy” and says it has cut the wages of half a million workers in Wales. Truss accused “the media” of “misinterpreting” her £8.8billion policy to cut public sector salaries outside London, which she abandoned after criticism from Conservative peers.
    • Sunak’s flagship policy in Wales of introducing two new free ports in the country was met with muted applause.
    • Sajid Javid has helped Liz Truss become the next conservative leader. The former home secretary believes Rishi Sunak’s economic plans would lead Britain “sleepwalking into a high-tax, low-growth economy” and suggested his refusal to cut taxes risked pushing Britain into a “middle-income economy” to become, at a loss of “global influence and power”
    • A new ConservativeHome poll shows Liz Truss is most likely to be the next prime minister, with 58% of respondents backing her. Rishi Sunak has 26% support and 12% are undecided.
    • Parliament has deleted its newly created TikTok account after China-sanctioned Conservative MPs raised concerns about the social media platform’s data security.
    • A YouGov poll conducted for the Times found that Conservative Party members still believe Boris Johnson would make a better prime minister than the two leaders, Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss. When asked who she thinks would be the better prime minister, Truss leads Sunak with 58% to 29%. But throwing Johnson in the ring shows he is winning, with 40% saying he would be the best Prime Minister, versus 28% for Truss and 23% for Sunak.

    And that ends the hustle and bustle in Cardiff.

    The next is on Friday evening.

    Finally, on the environment, Truss opposes green taxes on fuel bills when they are so high, saying her proposed cuts are “affordable within our current budgetary framework.”

    On small business, Truss says the party hasn’t done enough to win back support from entrepreneurs, farmers and the self-employed, and blames “Treasury Department orthodoxy” for making it harder to be self-employed.

    “The rationale for me is that we need to stand alongside people who start small businesses, people who are self-employed, people who go to work every day. We have to stand on this side.”

    When asked about the housing crisis, Truss says she wants to make sure renting “for multiple years” counts toward your mortgage eligibility.

    She added: “In terms of housing supply as a whole, I’d like to get rid of the top-down targets set by Whitehall and instead run different systems in different areas.”

    As for what she would do to fix “humiliating and damaging” mudslinging, Truss admits that there have been “unfortunate occurrences during this leadership contest” and would have preferred less debate.

    She said: “Honestly it wasn’t a competition that I wanted. Some things like the debates I wouldn’t necessarily have as many debates again.

    “I think it’s better if we talk to each other within the Conservative Party rather than airing our dirty laundry in public.”

    Asked by a viewer with a severely autistic brother how she would fund Social Care if she cut Social Security, Truss says she is still committed to funding the NHS and Social Care, adding: “I would pay out of general taxes.”
    She says her “priority” would be funding social care rather than the NHS as the former lacks facilities.

    Asked if she was “flaky” about moving from Liberal Democrat to Conservative and staying on Brexit, Truss says she joined the Tory Party when she was 21 and has been an activist ever since.
    “On the subject of the retention vote, yes, I was unsure at the time, I was pretty on the fence.

    “I’ve always said that if we weren’t part of the European Union, I wouldn’t want to join it. But I was concerned about some of the glitches. The fact is that there was no disruption.

    “And since the Brexit vote, I have done more than most members of the government to seize the opportunities of Brexit.

    “Who on earth has the same views at 15 as they did at 55?”

    Truss is asked if she would increase the part of UK government money that goes to Wales.

    She doesn’t give a clear answer, but says the spending follows “automatically” from the Barnet formula, which is used to calculate how much money the decentralized nations receive from the UK government.

    However, the Foreign Minister did not say whether she would change the formula.

    Asked if Nancy Pelosi should have gone to Taiwan, Truss says the US House Speaker has “the right to go to Taiwan.”

    She added: “The problem here is the language and the escalating language that we have heard from China and I think that is irresponsible and I urge them to de-escalate.”

    Truss believes the best way to fight inflation is through monetary policy, including changing the Bank of England’s mandate so it can compete with “some of the world’s most effective central banks at controlling inflation.”

    “The mandate was last looked at in 1997 under Gordon Brown.

    “Things are very, very different now. What is just wrong at this point is taxing ordinary people when they are struggling to pay their fuel bills, they are struggling to pay their grocery bills.

    “A tax cut that was increased in April is not inflationary but helps people with their day-to-day expenses.”

    Liz Truss now faces questions. When asked about the dispute over her salary proposals in the public sector, she replies: “We announced the policy, it was misinterpreted by the media.

    “It was never intended to refer to doctors, nurses and teachers – so I wanted to settle the matter straight away and I have made it very clear that we will not be continuing this policy now.

    “It wasn’t a central part of my political platform and I made it clear it wasn’t happening.”

    When asked where the planned savings of 8.8 billion

    Sunak ends his Q&A by saying he’s the best person to “smash Keir Starmer in the next election.”

    His questioner had pointed out that while national polls show Sir Keir appears to be neck and neck with Sunak, Truss is consistently ahead of Sunak in polls of Tory members.

    “Thank you – I think – for highlighting the statistics,” replies the former chancellor.

    Sunak insists he will be “brave enough” to lift the onshore wind embargo in England where communities want it, and the same goes for fracking.

    Sunak is asked about the number of small boats crossing the channel and to “be more specific and what you will do and what will be different”.

    He responded with his 10-point plan, saying the ECHR’s definition of a refugee “is far too broad and allows left-wing lawyers to exploit it and thwart our efforts; it’s narrower and tighter and will give us a greater ability telling people, ‘You can’t stay’.”

    He says the UK is currently providing aid to other countries and making trade deals with them but has “neglected” to say “can you take back our rejected asylum seekers?”.

    “I am willing to do whatever is required, legislative changes as required, to make Rwanda policy work to get this situation under control…”

    When asked about his proposals for downsizing the cabinet and ending homework, Sunak cited one of his final acts as chancellor as asking all departments to reduce the number of civil servants.

    He says the coalition government “deserves tremendous credit for taking this tough and driving efficiency. I would like to continue with this plan and bring the public service numbers back to where they were five years ago. But how do we do that? We need to think boldly and differently about public services across the board.”

    Just to highlight a previous policy promise made by Liz Truss.

    She told the audience she would first boost economic growth by scrapping “all remaining EU laws” by the end of 2023.

    That includes abandoning procurement of regulations and investments to “unleash business and opportunity”.

    Sunak is asked by a viewer why he didn’t mention Ukraine once.

    He says Britain must do “two things” to tackle the war with Russia. “One is to strengthen Ukraine, the second is to weaken Russia.”

    Sunak added he was playing an “instrumental role” in weakening Vladimir Putin through economic sanctions.

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