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Race to become Britain’s next prime minister closer than thought, poll shows



Tax has dominated the race between Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak so far. (file)


Foreign Minister Liz Truss, the front-runner to replace British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, has a lower lead than her earlier rival Rishi Sunak, according to a poll of party members.

According to a poll of 807 people by the Italian data company Techni, conducted on July 19-27, the truce has the support of 48% of Conservative Party members, compared to 43% for Mr Sunak, the former finance minister.

It suggests a much tougher race than a previous poll of Conservative members conducted by YouGov on 20-21 July, which showed Truss holding a 24 point lead over Mr Sunak.

Mr Sunak and Truss are competing in a summer tour around Britain for the vote of some 200,000 Conservative members who will choose the next prime minister, with the winner announced on 5 September.

Taxes have dominated the race so far. Mr Sunak has accused Truss of being “dishonest” with voters with his promises of major tax cuts as soon as he enters office. Mr Sunak said he will ensure inflation is under control before cutting taxes, a truce that says will push the country into recession.

More than 60% of Conservative members in a Techni poll said Truss had better views on taxes than Mr Sunak, and also supported his plans to tackle inflation and handle immigration. However, respondents said Mr Sunak was more confident in delivering Brexit and had better policies on education.

John Curtis, a professor of politics at the University of Strathclyde and one of Britain’s leading voting experts, said on Monday he was not sure the race was over.

“We have to bear in mind that since Tory lawmakers decided it was a contest between Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss, we have one, I repeat the opinion poll of those who will actually have the vote,” He told GB News. ,

The truce was criticized by the main opposition party and some Conservative lawmakers on Tuesday after he vowed to save billions of pounds annually by substituting public-sector wages against the cost of living in a region where people work instead of a national wage agreement. We do.

Mr Sunak’s supporter, Tees Valley’s Conservative mayor, Ben Houchen, said he was “speechless” at the truss’s plan.

“There is no way you can do this without massive pay cuts for 5.5 million people outside London, including nurses, police officers and our armed forces,” he said.

Labor deputy leader Angela Renner said the truss plans showed the Conservative government’s commitment to reducing inequalities between Britain’s north and south.

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