The Battle to Become Britain’s Next Prime Minister Is Suddenly All About Fashion

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Americans are sometimes under the impression that politics in the U.K. couldn’t possibly be as petty and underhanded as proceedings in the United States. They’d be sorely mistaken, as the race to the bottom in the Tory leadership contest continues to prove.

Now, Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries has lashed out against the aesthetic choices of Rishi Sunak, former chancellor, and one of two candidates—alongside Foreign Secretary Liz Truss—to succeed ousted Boris Johnson as prime minister.

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On Twitter, Dorries taunted, “Rishi visits Teeside in Prada shoes worth £450 and sported £3,500 bespoke suit as he prepared for crunch leadership vote,” a transparent attempt to knock Sunak’s campaign platform, which is based heavily on a descendant-of-immigrants, started-from-the-bottom-now-we’re-here sunak-liz-truss-britain-class-tory-leadership” data-ylk=”slk:success story” class=”link “success story.

In contrast, Liz Truss, Dorries’ chosen candidate, “will be traveling the country wearing her earrings which cost circa £4.50 from Claire Accessories,” Dorries said. (In fact, both candidates have been derided for inventing hard-luck personal narratives although they both come from comfortable backgrounds.)

“FFS Nadine! Muted,” tweeted Guildford Conservative MP and Sunak supporter Angela Richardson. (Dorries, aka “Mad Nads,” currently focused on the controversial sale of British broadcaster Channel 4, is herself a frequent target of criticism, derision, and satire—as seen in actor, singer and comedian Sooz Kempner’s series of witty video sketches.)

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Former Chancellor and Conservative leadership candidate Rishi Sunak leaves a broadcast studio following an interview with the BBC, on July 14, 2022 in London, England.

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