Opinions of the main candidates to succeed Britain’s Boris Johnson

LONDON: The race to succeed Boris Johnson as British prime minister has begun, with five candidates still in the running for a contest that will ultimately be decided by around 2,00,000 Conservative Party members
Below is what the top three bookmakers’ favorites have had to say on key topics:
Rishi Altar – the current favorite
*On taxes: As finance minister, Sunak established Brittany on track for its biggest tax burden since the 1950s.
In the first speech of his leadership campaign, Sunak said it was not credible to promise “much more spending and less taxes” and that he had no regrets about the fiscal decisions he made during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We need a return to traditional conservative economic values, and that means honesty and responsibility, not fairy tales,” he said.
He promised to cut taxes once inflation, which hit a 40-year high of 9.1% in May, was brought under control.
“It’s a question of when, not if,” he said.
*On immigration: Sunak’s campaign launch video began with a reference to his grandmother, who moved to Britain in the 1960s. His spokesman told The Times newspaper that he was proud to come from a family of immigrants, but believed Britain should control its borders and would stick with the plan to deport asylum seekers to Rwanda.
“We need to build a new consensus about the people who come to our country. Yes to talented and hard-working innovators, but the most important thing is control of our borders,” he said in his campaign speech.
*On the cost of living: As finance minister, Sunak launched support packages worth a total of 37 billion pounds ($44.14 billion) to help Britons cope with rising costs. Before resigning, he indicated that he was willing to go further if necessary.
*On Brexit: Sunak voted in favor brexit in 2016.
*Other promises: Sunak used one of her first campaign pieces to talk about women’s rights: “I will protect women’s rights and ensure that women and girls enjoy the same freedom as most men take for granted when they feel safe from assault and abuse.
penny mordaunt
*On taxes: Mordaunt told his launch campaign, “My key fiscal rule is that debt as a percentage of GDP will fall over time. My monetary policy will focus on controlling inflation and our supply-side reforms will produce a Brexit dividend in investment, infrastructure, incentives and innovation”.
He also said he would offer “a relentless focus on cost of living issues. I already announced that from day one we are going to halve VAT on fuel at the pump and raise income tax thresholds for services basic and middle-income earners in line with inflation”.
*On the cost of living, he previously said: “Our economy faces the twin problems of rising inflation and falling confidence, with a real risk of recession ahead. My administration will focus on controlling inflation, working in close collaboration with the independent Bank of England. We cannot risk a spiral of wages and prices leading to lower living standards and job losses.”
*On the government, he said at his campaign launch: “First of all, we have to admit that Whitehall is broken… in my administration we will see that it looks and feels very different, very quickly… We are going to have a Tighter cabinet.”
*On Brexit: Mordaunt campaigned for the ‘Vote Leave’ group during the 2016 Brexit referendum.
In a December 2021 speech as deputy trade minister, she said: “Brexit is not an event that the international community should mourn. Or an act of self-harm or one that requires us to be punished. It’s a great opportunity for anyone.” her that she believes in democracy and the power of commerce as a force for good in the world.”
liz Truss
*On taxes: Truss wrote in the Telegraph: “I would start cutting taxes from day one to take immediate action to help people deal with the cost of living. It’s not right to raise taxes now.”
Truss said this would include reversing an increase in social security contributions that took effect in April.
On an election campaign, he added: “I wouldn’t do the corporate tax increases either because I think it’s vitally important that we attract investment to our country.”
*On the economy: In its official launch, it pledged to put the economy on an “upward trajectory” by the time of the next national election.
*On immigration: Truss has not publicly commented on the Rwandan government’s immigration policy since declaring his candidacy, but he was a member of the cabinet that approved it.
*On Brexit: Truss voted to remain in the European Union, but soon said she had changed her mind. His supporters have said he plans to push for regulatory divergence from the EU, including overhauling trade regulation, to stimulate a more dynamic economy.
As Foreign Secretary, she introduced legislation to parliament to unilaterally overturn some post-Brexit trade rules for Northern Ireland, a political stance she is expected to follow. That deepened tensions between the two sides.
*On Ukraine: In her role as Foreign Secretary, Truss has said that Russia needs to fully withdraw from Ukraine and that sanctions against it must continue until that happens.

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