Liz Truss Gets Leadership Boost As Senior Tories Supports Her Bid For PM – ‘Easy Choice’ UK | news
Liz Truss is finding support from senior Tory leaders as former Northern Ireland secretary Brandon Lewis has revealed he is backing foreign secretary for the top post. Former Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis, who initially spearheaded the campaign led by Nadim Zahawi, described his decision to withdraw Liz Truss as an “easy option”, replacing the foreign secretary’s job with Ulster’s Brexit. The latter was given to negotiate with the European Union on the trade arrangement.
According to the Times, Mr Jahvi, who replaced Rishi Sunak as chancellor earlier this month, is also expected to support Ms Truss in the coming days.
The news comes as Ms Truss and Mr Sunak continue their campaigns to become prime minister and leader of the Tory party.
Ms Truss has presented herself as an “education prime minister” with a plan that includes replacing failing academies with “a new wave of free schools” and improving math and literacy standards.
The hope of the Tory leadership, which is backed by many party heavyweights, has added to the sentiment that it is overtaking its rival in the No. 10 race and called for six to “get Britain’s education system back on track” on Saturday. -Point strategy unveiled. ,
Explaining his support for Ms Truss, Mr Lewis told the Telegraph: “What I have consistently observed with Liz is someone who understands the Union, is determined and determined to defend and defend the Union.”
A colleague also told The Times: “Lewis appreciated her grip on the issue and loved working with her.”
Mr Jahavi is understood to be enjoying his role as Chancellor and is keen to continue at No. 11.
The revelation came a day after Foreign Affairs Select Committee Chairman Tom Tugendhat followed Defense Secretary Ben Wallace in declaring his support for Ms Truss.
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Along with Zahavi and Lewis, Truss is supported by 10 members of Johnson’s inner circle, including Work and Pensions Secretary Therese Coffey, Business Secretary Quasi Quarteng and Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries.
Mark Fullbrook, an aide to Australian election guru Lynton Crosby, has joined Ms Truss’s team as co-campaign director, while Ruth Porter, a former aide to the Foreign Secretary, has returned to her side.
In contrast, Rishi Sunak, the former chancellor, has attracted the support of only four members of Johnson’s top team – as those behind him complain that his campaign is failing after several weak performances and policy pledges.
Mr Sunak’s U-turn on VAT cuts last week has been seized upon as a sign of panic and undermined his pitch to be a candidate for financial responsibility.
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The development comes as a Sunday Times poll that Truss has an edge over Sunak among voters who are familiar with the candidates.
A survey of more than 11,000 adults by FocalData puts Truss at 38 percent, while Sage at 35 percent.
Labor voted 37 percent against Truss – giving it a one percentage point lead – and 39 percent against Sunak.