UK PM race: Rishi Sunak Wins Over Voters in TV debate with Liz Truss

Story Highlights
  • Former Chancellor picked more votes against Truss in an audience poll.
  • Sunak and Truss come face to face in a debate.
  • UK to get its new PM on September 5th

Rishi Sunak on Thursday appeared to score a surprise win with a studio audience at a key debate with frontrunner Liz Truss in the race to become Britain’s next prime minister.

The ‘Battle for Number 10′ on ‘Sky News’-a news service company based in US on Thursday night brought the finalists face to face with Conservative members who are entitled to vote in the election but are mostly undecided on their choice. After the two contenders put forward their arguments for why they should replace Boris Johnson at 10 Downing Street, the audience members were asked who they thought had won the argument and they picked Sunak in a show of hands.

But it all starts with not making the situation worse. Because if we just put fuel on the fire of this inflation spiral, all of us, all of you, are just going to end up with higher mortgage rates, savings and pensions that are eaten away, and misery for millions,” Sunak’s statement that gathered him audience.

It came just hours after the Bank of England warned of a looming recession as it hiked interest rates. Truss insisted a recession is “not inevitable” and promised “bold” action compared with her rival’s caution

The result of the vote to decide who will replace Boris Johnson as the next British Prime Minister is due on September 5. The latest poll showed how a significant number of Conservative party members who were polled back Liz Truss against Rishi Sunak.

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