Rishi Sunak, who is in the race for the post of Prime Minister in Britain, won the support of the audience by defeating his Conservative Party rival Liz Truss in a one-on-one televised debate. In the Battle of 10 debate on Sky News on Thursday night, both Conservative Party candidates tried to woo members who are eligible to vote in the election but have yet to decide who they will vote for. Former Finance Minister Sunak and Foreign Minister Truss argued about why he should replace Boris Johnson at 10 Downing Street (the British prime minister's residence and office).
The members who attended the debate as spectators were asked to tell who won the debate and they raised their hands and gave the verdict in favor of Sunak. The victory is a morale booster for the former British Indian-origin minister, who is trailing a trust in most recent opinion polls. The former finance minister focused his attention on the need to check rising inflation before cutting taxes.
Bank of England warns of recession
A few hours before this, the Bank of England warned of recession while increasing interest rates. Truss said a slowdown was not inevitable and promised to take bold steps against the warnings of his rival. Sunak, however, denied the allegations of the tax burden for the slowdown saying, "It is completely wrong. The reason for the slowdown is inflation.
Lisa Truss is ahead of Boris Johnson in the new survey
Foreign Minister Liz Truss is ahead of her rival Rishi Sunak to replace Boris Johnson as prime minister, a new poll of members of the ruling Conservative Party in Britain has revealed. A poll released by the ConservativeHome website on Wednesday night found that 58 percent of the party's members supported the truss. The new leader will take office at 10 Downing Street from 5 September. Former finance minister Sunak got 26 percent support, while 12 percent were uncertain about his decision. This is the second polling since Wednesday, showing cabinet minister Truss taking a lead over Indian-origin Sunak.