The UK’s next prime minister: final two candidates and their chances of becoming Tory leader

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Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak faced off again on Thursday night in their battle to replace Boris Johnson as Conservative Party leader and prime minister.

The rivals went head to head at a hustings in Leeds, broadcast live on LBC radio. Mr Sunak and Mrs Truss were grilled on a spectrum of topics from Brexit and immigration to Love Island, with even both admitting Margaret Thatcher was their favorite Prime Minister.

At the event, Mr Sunak was accused of “stabbing Boris in the back” for stepping down as Prime Minister, while Ms Truss was forced to admit it was a “mistake” to support Owen Paterson.

The event came after the pair dealt blows in another fiery TV debate Tuesday night, clashing over whether it was “morally wrong” to raise taxes or borrow more. However, the debate was cut short when Talk TV political editor Kate McCann passed out on stage.

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Penny Mordaunt, Kemi Badenoch, Tom Tugendhat, Suella Braverman, Jeremy Hunt and Nadhim Zahawi were all eliminated in an earlier round of voting by MPs and now the basic members will choose their winner.

Here we assess the odds of the last two candidates. The last chances are from SkyBet.

We will keep this article up to date.

Rishi Sunak

Last Chances: 5/1

The man who overthrew Boris Johnson by stepping down as chancellor could still succeed him, despite controversy earlier this year over his multi-millionaire wife’s non-dominant tax status and his own curious decision to run an American green. card for much of his time with the treasury.

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His biggest hurdle may be convincing the Tories that his reluctance to cut taxes makes him fit to run the country, but the 42-year-old has the requisite experience and skills to step straight into the top job.

On Tuesday, the former chancellor was charged with a “screeching turn” on tax cuts, as he vowed to cut VAT on utility bills for a year if he becomes prime minister. In an apparent setback, he promised to introduce the “temporary and targeted measure” to save £160 on the average household bill as energy prices skyrocket this winter.

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“I will tackle inflation and give you the help you need with your bills. I will grow our economy by cutting red tape in the EU and lowering our taxes. And I will do whatever it takes to prevent illegal migration address,” he said in his opening debate on Tuesday.

He also unveiled plans to reduce the country’s reliance on French ports to address supply chain problems that are driving up prices, and to tighten benefits rules to get more people off welfare and back to work. to get.

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