Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak fighting to be next Conservative the leader.

In the coming weeks, party members will decide which of these candidates will become the next prime minister.

The two clashed over politics in their bid for the top job.

Here we examine their position on key issues.

Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss take part in the UK’s Next Prime Minister: The Debate on ITV.

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Rishi Sunak: The former chancellor has pitched himself as a fiscally conservative candidate and criticized his rivals’ plans to increase borrowing to pay for tax cuts as “comfort tales”.

He promised to “cut pro-growth taxes” but to do so in a “responsible way” and only “after we’ve dealt with inflation”.

He assessed his opponent’s plans as “immoral” to transfer the debt to the next generation.

Liz Truss: The Foreign Secretary has promised to “start cutting taxes from day one” with a new Budget and Spending Review that will reverse April’s rise in national insurance and next year’s rise in corporation tax from 19% to 25%.

She promised to “simplify” taxes and ensure that people are not penalized for caring for children or relatives.

She has not explained how she will pay for the £30 billion in tax cuts she has promised, but insists they “can be paid for within the existing budget envelope”.

Ms Truss said the tax cuts would help curb inflation.

– Immigration

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Rishi Sunak: Reiterating his support for the government’s controversial asylum policy in Rwanda, he also outlined a number of new measures to combat illegal migration.

His campaign has said it will do “whatever it takes” to get it up and running, and has unveiled a 10-point plan that includes a promise to narrower the definition of who qualifies for asylum than what the European Convention on Human Rights offers.

Mr Sunak has also promised to give Parliament control over who comes to the UK by setting an annual cap on the number of refugees accepted each year, albeit one that can be changed in the event of sudden emergencies.

Liz Truss: Also supports Rwanda’s policy and said it could be expanded under her leadership.

She also said she would increase the number of Border Force officers from 9,000 to 10,800 and bring forward a strengthened UK Bill of Rights to provide a “strong legal framework” to tackle illegal migration.

– Identity politics

Rishi Sunak: Criticized “the tendency to erase women through the use of clumsy, gender-neutral language.” He promised a “manifesto for women’s rights”, including opposition to allowing biological males to compete with women in sport, and guidance for schools on how they teach sex and gender.

Liz Truss: Previously shelved plans to overhaul gender recognition rules to make it easier for trans people to change their legal gender.

– Brexit and Europe

Rishi Sunak: The Leave vote promised to repeal or reform all EU legislation and bureaucracy before the next general election and to make initial recommendations on whether each law should remain in place or be repealed within 100 days.

Liz Truss: Voted Remain but has since embraced Brexit and won the support of staunch Brexiteers in the party. Helped push through the Northern Ireland Protocol bill, which critics say violates international law.

Pledged to review all EU laws left in place after Brexit by the end of next year in a “bureaucratic bonfire” when she becomes prime minister, and repeal or replace those deemed to hinder Britain’s growth.

It is reported that she will push for reform of the European Convention on Human Rights, but will be “prepared to leave” it.

– Protection

Rishi Sunak: NATO’s target is 2%. GDP as a “floor, not a ceiling” and notes that it will rise to 2.5% “over time” but refuses to set “arbitrary targets”.

Liz Truss: He promised to increase defense spending to 3% of GDP by 2030 and strengthen the special services. She said the government’s current plan to cut the army to 72,500 by 2025 “is subject to review”.


Rishi Sunak: Pledged to set up ‘vaccine’ style task force to tackle NHS backlog, naming tackling the problem as one of his top priorities.

My plans are to eliminate annual NHS waiting times six months earlier than planned by September 2024 and bring the total down by next year.

Liz Truss: Agrees with the urgent need to tackle the care backlog, promising to appoint a “strong” health secretary to tackle the problem.

It also said it was “fully committed” to the government’s current pledges on NHS spending, despite ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​front-off​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​in a situation in the future.

– Climate change and net zero

Rishi Sunak: Pledges to achieve net zero emissions by 2050. He has pledged to maintain a ban on new offshore wind farms, but wants to introduce a legal target to make Britain self-sufficient in energy by 2045 by overseeing a massive expansion of offshore turbines.

Liz Truss: Supports net zero thrust, but suspends green charges on domestic electricity bills, which could harm the target.

She says there is a strong case for overturning the fracking ban and wants to ditch the EU’s habitat directive in favor of a tougher UK biodiversity target.

– Housing and infrastructure

Rishi Sunak: He promised to improve the housing stock and energy efficiency. He wants to scrap the EU’s Solvency II rules to help investors put money into infrastructure assets.

Liz Truss: Would scrap what she calls “Stalinist” housing targets in favor of tax cuts and deregulation.

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