Education Secretary sir artfully – a major funder Foreign Secretary – suggested that future Tory electoral contests should be “concluded more quickly”, while stressing that his favorite candidate was still doing her day job while building up a decisive lead. former chancellor Mr Sunak today insisted he still had ‘a shot at being prime minister’ – but Mr Cleverly, speaking to LBC, appeared to believe it was all over except the shouting.
He said: “I am a former party chairman. It is the system that is in place. I think it is legitimate to consider reviewing this.
“It’s an internal party process rather than a government process. But as I said, the government continues, the ministers continue to work.
He added: “I would have been very, very happy if this whole process was over sooner.
“But as I said, one of the people fighting for this is a backbench MP, who is no longer involved in government at all, Liz is the Foreign Secretary, and I know that she is still active on the foreign affairs side as well.
“But yes, of course we would like it to be over sooner, but we are still working, nonetheless.”
Today’s YouGov poll of party members has 66 per cent backing Ms Truss against 34 per cent backing Mr Sunak, when undecided and non-voters were excluded.
Mr Sunak claimed that the Labor Party’s proposal to freeze energy costs, partly to be paid for by a windfall new tax on oil and gas giants’ growing profits, would be a “very brutal instrument”.
He argued it would provide ‘a lot of support for people who don’t need it’, but his warning that borrowing in times of high inflation would be ‘really risky’ seemed like an attack on Ms Truss.
He added: “If the government goes on a borrowing spree of tens and tens and tens of billions of pounds, that means inflation could get worse.
“It’s like adding fuel to the fire and that’s the mistake we made in the 70s, I don’t want to repeat that mistake and I would be really worried about plans that suggest that’s the good thing to do.”
Ms Truss has agreed to be interviewed by veteran political journalist Nick Robinson at 7pm on August 30 on BBC One, the BBC News press team tweeted on Thursday.
Mr Sunak sat down with Mr Robinson last week but Ms Truss has so far resisted his invitation.
She also declined to be interviewed by veteran broadcaster Andrew Neil on Channel 4, while Mr Sunak has already faced a grilling from her.
Mr Robinson, who is also a presenter of BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, tweeted yesterday: “I interviewed Rishi Sunak on BBC One a week ago for ‘Our Next Prime Minister – the interviews’.
“Like I said on the show, we also want to do an in-depth interview with Liz Truss. We’re still hoping she finds the time.”
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