Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss compete for members’ support at latest Tory leadership hustings – UK politics live

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And that brings the hustings to an end.

The remaining hustings are Birmingham on August 23, Norwich on August 25 and London on August 31.

Truss was criticised by an audience member for “sounding like Labour” in wanting to “borrow £50 billion”.

The foreign secretary did not address the criticism but said her fundamental view is that high taxes fail to bring money in to the Exchequer.

Asked by an audience member whether she would build more houses to solve the housing crisis, Truss instead cites her plans to help people secure mortgages and criticised the planning system.

Liz Truss during the Conservative Leadership hustings in Manchester. Photograph: Leon Neal/Getty Images

Truss declares she does “support fracking in areas where there is local support”, adding that the local communities should stand to benefit.

The foreign secretary also backs nuclear power and with drilling in the North Sea.

Asked whether local objections from “Nimbys” should be overruled, Truss says local communities need to be shown the benefits and this involves “encouraging” rather than overruling.

Sunak earlier spoke about wanting his football team Southampton to beat Manchester United this weekend, despite them in fact being scheduled to face Leicester City.

He was asked at the Manchester hustings how as a Southampton FC fan how he would get back to winning ways.

“I’m going to be unpopular for saying it here, starting by beating United this weekend,” he said.

Southampton are not due to play Manchester United until August 27.

Truss suggested that retired doctors could be asked to help clear the Covid backlog after many returned to work to help at the start of the pandemic.

Truss said doctors and nurses “feel like they are being told what to do from Whitehall rather than understanding the situation in their local area and being able to respond to their patients’ needs”.

Earlier today, a 2009 report Ms Truss co-authored came to light, which called for doctors pay to be cut by 10%.

Truss also suggested senior police staff could be removed from their posts if their force performs poorly in her league table.

It is now Truss’s turn for some questions.

The foreign secretary calls for more transparency about the police’s record on fighting crime and having league tables for forces.

“It does help the police be held to account,” she added.

Rishi Sunak speaks during the Conservative Party Hustings event in Manchester.
Rishi Sunak speaks during the Conservative Party Hustings event in Manchester. Photograph: Paul Ellis/AFP/Getty Images



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