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Sunak and Truss clash on issues from UK stance on China to their fashion choices

Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss taking part in the BBC Tory leadership debate (PA) (PA Wire)

Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss taking part in the BBC Tory leadership debate (PA) (PA Wire)

From the UK’s stance on China to each other’s wardrobes, Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak have clashed on a range of topics during their latest leadership debate.

The Foreign Secretary and former chancellor were also pushed to clarify whether they would deploy British troops to Ukraine and on how they felt about offering Boris Johnson a seat in their cabinets.

Here are the key points raised during the hour-long face-off aired by BBC News, and hosted in the Staffordshire city of Stoke-on-Trent.

– Mr Sunak accused Ms Truss of pursuing a closer relationship with China, something the Foreign Secretary vehemently disputed 

Mr Sunak said: “There was a time when Liz was talking about having a golden era of relationships with China and the mission there was talking about having deeper collaboration with things like food security and technology.

Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss taking part in the BBC Tory leadership debate, Our Next Prime Minister (Jacob King/PA). (PA Wire)

Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss taking part in the BBC Tory leadership debate, Our Next Prime Minister (Jacob King/PA). (PA Wire)

“But what we do need to do is acknowledge that China is a threat to our national security, it’s a threat to our economic security.”

He added that under his tenure as chancellor, the Government tabled the National Security Investment Bill, which gives the UK the power to “protect ourselves against countries like China who are trying to infiltrate our companies and steal our technology”.

Ms Truss interjected, saying: “Rishi, I challenged you on the debate last week.

“As recently as a month ago you were pushing for closer trade relationships with China.”

She accused Mr Sunak’s former department, the Treasury, of harbouring a desire for “closer economic relations” with China, while the Foreign Office has taken “the toughest stance” with the country including

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

Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / Getty

Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / Getty

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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