GB News: Liz Truss dubbed ‘Thatcher 2.0' by associate
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Liz Truss, 46, claimed the Prime Minister’s Conservative Government should focus on improving Britons’ lives if they hope to spend another five years in power. Speaking to a fringe event hosted by the centre-right think tank, the Centre for Policy Studies, Ms Truss said: “When we get to 2024, or whenever the election is – and I’m not making any predictions – what people will care about is: do they feel their lives are getting better, are the prospects in my area better, are there job opportunities, are new enterprises thriving, am I able to afford to buy more each week to feed my family?
“That’s what most people think about when they come to elections.
“So I think we’ve got to have a laser-like focus on making sure life is getting better for people.”
The MP for the ultra-safe seat of South West Norfolk fired the warning shot just weeks after the Prime Minister announced it would controversially cut the £20 uplift in Universal Credit and declared it would implement a manifesto-busting 1.25 percent national insurance tax hike.
Following these announcements, YouGov released an opinion poll that suggested Mr Johnson’s party could lose up to 32 of their 50 seats in the so-called Red Wall.
But Ms Truss, who replaced Dominic Raab as Foreign Secretary in Mr Johnson’s September Cabinet reshuffle, also stressed her free-market credentials.
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“I am a low-tax Tory, and the Chancellor is a low-tax Tory as well and we want to bring down the tax burden,” she said despite the recent announcements.
Truss added: “The best way to do that is to get economic growth going.”
While she made reference to Rishi Sunak, 41, the Chancellor of the Exchequer stressed the need for economic prudence rather than tax-cuts when he took to the stage in Manchester.
The Richmond (Yorkshire) MP told Tory delegates: “I believe in fiscal responsibility.
“Just borrowing more money and stacking up bills for future generations to pay is not just economically irresponsible — it is immoral.
“Because it’s not the state’s money, it’s your money.”
He added: “Whilst I know tax rises are unpopular, some will even say un-Conservative, I’ll tell you what is un-Conservative: unfunded pledges, reckless borrowing and soaring debt.
“Anyone who tells you that you can borrow more today and tomorrow will simply sort itself out just doesn’t care about the future.”
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“Yes, I want tax cuts.
“But in order to do that, our public finances must be put back on a sustainable footing.”
The Remainer-turned-Brexiteer Foreign Secretary and Vote Leave supporting Chancellor have established themselves as the two frontrunners in the eventual race to succeed Boris Johnson in Number 10.
But according to a poll of Tory Party members by Conservative Home, it is Ms Truss who – with an 82.8 percent -net satisfaction rating – leads the charge.
Mr Sunak, who spent a long period in a close second and enjoys the best approval rating of any Chancellor since Labour’s Denis Healey, has recently been overtaken amongst Conservative members by Defence Secretary Ben Wallace, Brexit Minister Lord David Frost and Leader of the House Jacob Rees-Mogg.
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