Sajid Javid has thrown his assist behind Liz Truss as the subsequent Conservative Occasion chief, in what is going to come as an enormous blow to Rishi Sunak.
The previous well being secretary, and ex-leadership hopeful, attacked Mr Sunak’s economic policies as he revealed his alternative in The Instances this night.
He prompt Mr Sunak’s refusal to chop taxes meant the UK dangers “sleepwalking right into a high-tax, low-growth financial system” with a lack of “international affect and energy”.
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Whereas he stated Ms Truss had a “daring agenda” that may beat Labour and “save Britain from sliding into the center ranks”.
He wrote: “Some declare that tax cuts can solely come as soon as we have now progress. I imagine the precise reverse – tax cuts are a prerequisite for progress.
“Tax cuts now are important. There are not any risk-free choices in authorities. Nonetheless, for my part, not reducing taxes carries a fair better danger.”
Mr Javid launched a management run on a platform of swift tax cuts however shortly pulled out, struggling to win sufficient nominations from Tory MPs to undergo to the primary spherical of voting.
The previous well being secretary stop Boris Johnson’s cupboard in June, main a wave of resignations.
In his letter to the prime minister, Mr Javid stated he may “not, in good conscience, proceed serving on this authorities” as he referenced the tone and values of Mr Johnson reflecting “in your colleagues, your occasion and finally the nation”.
He added: “It’s clear to me that this example won’t change beneath your management – and you’ve got subsequently misplaced my confidence too.”
Mr Javid is the most recent excessive profile Tory MP to again Ms Truss, after she obtained the assist of Tom Tugendhat and Defence Secretary Ben Wallace final week.
The overseas secretary’s bid for the Tory management was additionally boosted by two surveys giving her massive leads.
She gained a 34-percentage level lead over Mr Sunak in a YouGov ballot of occasion members, earlier than a survey for the ConservativeHome web site put her 32 forward.
Nonetheless she has insisted she is taking nothing as a right, as a delay in poll papers being issued as a result of cyber safety issues gave her rival just a little extra time to catch up.
Ms Truss and Mr Sunak will participate in one other Conservative occasion management hustings this night in Cardiff because the race to Quantity 10 continues.
Voting will shut within the contest on 2 September, with the winner anticipated to be introduced on 5 September and to exchange Mr Johnson the next day.
Because the management race continues to warmth up, Mr Sunak and Ms Truss will as soon as once more face the cameras this week on Sky Information.
Happening on Thursday four August at 8pm at Sky Studios in west London, The Battle for Quantity 10 will see the candidates participate in back-to-back questioning from the dwell studio viewers made up of Conservative Occasion members who stay largely undecided on who to vote for.
It will then be adopted by an in-depth interview with Kay Burley.
The programme will likely be broadcast dwell for 90 minutes and at no cost on Sky Information channel 501, on Freeview 233, on Sky Showcase channel 106, and throughout Sky Information’ digital channels.