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Tory Leadership’s The Latest TV Debate

By Patel Himani 6 Min Read
Last updated: July 18, 2022

Introduction

The Tory leadership contest is heating up, and the latest T.V. debate was no exception. With just two weeks until the last round of voting, the candidates went head-to-head in a lively clash. But it was their attacks that stole the show. It was clear from the exchanges that these are divisive times for Tory voters, with many struggling to decide who they should back. But the candidates didn't hold back in their criticism of each other. And there was no shortage of personal insults either. It was a particularly tough contest, with many viewers calling it the best televised Tory leadership debate yet.

Conservative leadership race: Who are the key contenders?

There have been a series of televised debates in the Conservative leadership race, and with just over two weeks to go until the final vote, it's essential to get to know the key contenders. Here is a rundown of who is in the running, The five candidates who have entered the race are Kemi Badenoch, Penny Mordaunt, Rishi Sunak, Liz Truss, and Tom Tugendhat. All five of the candidates have experience in Government or politics. Kemi Badenoch is the only woman in the race, and she is the M.P. for Aberdeen South. Penny Mordaunt is the Secretary of State for Defence. Rishi Sunak is a businessman and founder of the Centre for American Progress Action Fund. Liz Truss is an M.P. for South West Norfolk and Secretary of State for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs. Tom Tugendhat is an M.P. for Tonbridge and Malling and Secretary of State for Defence.

Rishi Sunak

Businessman and M.P. for Richmond Park, Rishi Sunak is considered one of the more outsider candidates in the race. He has never held office before, and his main policy focus is increasing economic opportunity for low-income earners. He has also said that he wants to see more investment in renewable energy sources and wants private companies to take over public services like education and health care. Rishi Sunak is the new Conservative candidate in London. He is a barrister and businessman who has been an MP since 2010. He is also the founder of the Hindu Republican Trust, which aims to promote Hindu-Muslim understanding and coexistence. Sunak was one of six candidates in the race for Conservative leader, and he won the first round of voting with 45% of the total. He will now face off against others in the race. Here is what you need to know about Sunak: He is a barrister and businessman who has been an MP since 2010. He is also the founder of the Hindu Republican Trust, which aims to promote Hindu-Muslim understanding and coexistence. He won the first round of voting with 45% of the total. He will now face off against other candidates in the race. Sunak is a conservative who has promised to reduce taxes, increase defense spending, and renegotiate Britain's relationship with the E.U.

Penny Mordaunt

The Conservative Party's final televised leadership debate has descended into a bitter war of words, with the candidates trading personal attacks on each other. Penny Mordaunt is the current U.K. Minister for Women and Equalities. She was first elected in 2010 and has served in several Conservative Party roles. In 2017, she was appointed Deputy Leader of the Conservative Party. She strongly supports Brexit and has been widely seen as a potential candidate to replace Theresa May as Prime Minister. Many members of the Conservative Party have praised her candidature, and she is currently considered the frontrunner to become the next Prime Minister. Mordaunt will now face four candidates in the final round of voting, which is scheduled to take place on Monday. If she wins, Mordaunt will become the new Prime Minister of the U.K.

Liz Truss

She has been campaigning on a platform of Brexit repeal and a more radical approach to immigration. She has also promised to reduce the number of M.P.'s in Parliament and cut taxes. Liz Truss is a Conservative MP and currently the Secretary of State for Justice. She is a strong candidate to be the next U.K. Prime Minister. Truss has a background in law and has worked in both the private and public sectors. She is well-known for her justice reform work, making her a good choice for Prime Minister. She is also experienced in politics, having served as the Deputy Leader of the Conservative Party from 2013 to 2015. This experience will help her to handle the responsibilities of being Prime Minister. Truss is considered a moderate Conservative and is known for her support of Brexit and free trade. Her experience in GovernmenGovernmentke her a good Prime Minister candidate, able to handle any political situation. Truss has criticized Sunak's approach, accusing him of being divisive and scaremongering. She has vowed to continue to fight for the Conservative Party's traditional values. The final vote will take place on Monday, with the winner expected to be announced soon, on September 5.

Kemi Badenoch

Badenoch, former Equalist Minister, says she is 'ready to go all out and become the next Conservative leader. The 42-year-old has already pledged to scrap tuition fees and cut taxes if she wins the election. Kemi Badenoch, Conservative MP for Midlothian, has announced her intention as the party's candidate in the next general election. Badenoch said she would offer "a fresh and positive vision for Conservatism" and pledged to "close the gap between rich and poor" while also pledging to increase defense spending. Kemi Badenoch has been an M.P. for over a decade. She is currently the Minister for Women and Equalities in the U.K. government. Badenoch announced her bid to become the Conservative leader this morning, saying she wants to bring "real change" to the U.K. Tom Tugendhat, who came fifth with 32 votes in Thursday's vote, was defeated by Badenoch with almost half of the vote.

Tom Tugendhat

Tugendhat was previously the Chair of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee. As Chair, he oversaw all aspects of British foreign policy. In 2016, Tugendhat was one of five M.P.'s who nominated Theresa May as the Conservative Party's candidate for Prime Minister in the U.K. general election. May eventually won the election and became the U.K.'s first female Prime Minister. Tugendhat is a strong supporter of Brexit and has been critical of how the GovernmenGovernment handles negotiations with the E.U. He has also been vocal about his support for increasing military spending and reducing immigration levels. In March 2019, Tugendhat announced that he would not be running for re-election in 2020, which means that he will not be in Parliament when it votes on whether to leave or remain in the European Union. Sunak's victory signals strong support within the Conservative Party for a leadership election that is more open and inclusive than those held in the past.

Tory leadership: The final debate

It was the last chance for Tory leadership contenders to shine before the final vote, and it was clear from the start that this would be a competitive debate. Hard-hitting questions from the audience were met with aggressive responses from the candidates, with some getting personal. Foreign Secretary Liz Truss told ex-chancellor Rishi Sunak that tax rises he introduced would "choke off" growth. Rishi Sunak argued that the recent tax rises introduced by the Conservatives would "choke off" growth. In the latest T.V. debate, Truss said that the Government was "not going to increase taxes on middle and low earners." However, she did not rule out future tax rises, saying that this would be a decision for future governments. Mr. Sunak accused Ms. Truss of peddling "something-for-nothing economics." At one point, the candidates were asked to raise their hands if they would give departing Prime Minister Boris Johnson a job in their cabinet. None of them did. That's likely because they all know he would turn it down. Johnson, who quit after the Brexit vote, has been outspoken in his criticism of the current Conservative leadership. M.P. will vote for a third time on Monday. The Conservative leadership race is reaching a fever pitch as M.P.'s gear up to vote for a third time on Monday. In the latest T.V. debate, Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak clashed over Brexit, insisting that the U.K. would remain in the European Union's customs area. Penny Mordaunt and Kemi Badenoch also had their say, with Penny vowing to crack down on immigration and Kemi promising to invest £500 million in London's transport infrastructure. In the hour-long ITV debate, Mr. Sunak and Ms. Truss had some fiercest clashes. Mr. Sunak has been forced to defend tax rises introduced during his time as chancellor, including April's hike in National Insurance to pay for social care and the NHS. In the latest Tory leadership T.V. debate, Mr. Sunak was forced to defend tax rises introduced during his time as chancellor, including April's hike in National Insurance to pay for social care and the NHS. He said they needed to fix the U.K.'s fiscal deficit, which had ballooned under Labour. But Ms. Truss accused him of using "scare tactics" and said his policies would leave families £2,000 a year worse off. Mr. Sunak told viewers: "The deficit was over £200 billion when I became chancellor in 2010, and it had been growing for years before that. "We had to do something about it, and the best way to do that was to increase taxes - things like National Insurance, VAT, and income tax. "These were all difficult decisions but they were necessary in order to fix the U.K.'s fiscal deficit." Ms. Truss said Mr. Sunak's policies would leave families £2,000 a year worse off. She added: "During his time in office, George Osborne increased taxes by £122 billion - an average of £1,800 a year for families across the country. Mr. Sunak responded that the pandemic damaged the economy, and the money had to be paid back. In the latest Tory leadership debate, rivals got personal in the final stretch. Mr. Sunak responded that the pandemic damaged the economy, and the money had to be paid back. He also attacked Mr. Johnson for his voting record on health, saying he had not been "transparent and accountable." Ms. Truss hit back at Mr. Sunak, saying he was "trying to distract from his failures." There were also sharp exchanges between Ms. Mordaunt and former equalities minister Kemi Badenoch over a row about the self-identification of transgender people. This was the first time a Tory leadership candidate had openly addressed the row, in which Ms. Mordaunt criticized her rival for "playing to the Daily Mail." The candidates clashed over whether people should be allowed to self-identify their gender. Ms. Badenoch accused her rival of wanting to roll back rights won by the transgender community. Speaking on ITV, Ms. Mordaunt said: "I'm not sure what Kemi means when she says that children need to be able to choose what they want to identify as. I think it would be terrible for children if they could not understand the difference between male and female." Ms. Badenoch accused Ms. Mordaunt of playing "to the Daily Mail" with her comments: "I don't think we should be pandering to an ultra-conservative newspaper and rolling back rights that have been won; by hard work and dedication by transgender people." There were also sharp exchanges between Ms. Mordaunt and former equalities minister Kemi Badenoch over a row about the self-identification of transgender people. Ms. Mordaunt criticized her rival for "playing to the Daily Mail," Ms. Badenoch hit back, accusing Ms. Mordaunt of wanting to roll back rights won by the transgender community. Ms. Badenoch said she was the candidate for the future whose honesty could "change things for the better." In the Tory leadership debate, Ms. Badenoch faced off against her rival, Ms. Raab, in an intriguing and personal clash. Ms. Badenoch started the debate by saying she would be "the candidate for the future" and that her honesty could improve things. She went on to say that she wanted to see a more "joined-up" government and criticized Mr. Hunt's record on health care. Meanwhile, Ms. Truss hit back at Ms. Badenoch over her past career as a lawyer, accusing her of being "tough" on criminals. The pair also clashed over their plans for Brexit, with Ms. Truss pledging to stay close to the E.U. while Ms. Mordaunt wants a "hard Brexit." Overall, the debate was lively and engaging - highlighting the wide range of policies each candidate has put forward. Mr. Sunak defended his wife Akshata's previous non-domiciled tax status and her family's wealth, arguing theirs was "an incredibly Conservative story." The Tory leadership frontrunner defended his wife's previous non-domiciled tax status and her family's wealth, arguing theirs was "an incredibly Conservative story." However, the candidates attacked the Tories for not doing more to help the poor and accused Mr. Sunak of "running a very privileged family." Mr. Sunak defended his wife's previous non-domiciled tax status and her family's wealth, arguing theirs was "an incredibly Conservative story." However, the candidates attacked the Tories for not doing more to help the poor and accused Mr. Sunak of "running a very privileged family." He said: "What we have in our family is an incredibly Conservative story. My wife came from a very wealthy family. Her father was a successful businessman and he left her a considerable amount of money." "She has always been a very strong Conservative. She's a big advocate for free markets, something that I wholeheartedly agree with. We just want to make life as easy as possible for people." Ms. Badenoch accused Mr. Sunak of not taking her seriously when she raised concerns about Covid loan fraud, which he denied. In their latest T.V. debate, the Conservative party leadership candidates clashed over allegations of financial misconduct by one of their rivals. Ms. Badenoch accused Mr. Sunak of not taking her seriously when she raised concerns about Covid loan fraud, which he denied. The discussion then turned to Ms. Badenoch's past comments about other Conservative M.P.'s. When asked if he would step down if allegations against him were proved, Mr. Sunak responded: "I would take full responsibility for my actions, and I would resign." All candidates said they would back the U.K.'s commitment to curb carbon emissions to net zero by 2050. Tory leadership candidates were asked about their plans to combat climate change in a televised debate. The topic of climate change came up multiple times. Each candidate was asked if they would back the U.K.'s commitment to curb carbon emissions to zero by 2050. This significant commitment shows that the Conservative Party is serious about fighting climate change. The party leaders need to keep this promise if they want to win the next election. Tom Tugendhat - chairman of the foreign affairs select committee - said those who had been ministers under Mr. Johnson "lent credibility to the chaos" of his Government. The Conservative leadership race has taken a personal turn, with rivals Tom Tugendhat and Boris Johnson trading barbs in the latest televised debate. Tugendhat, chairman of the foreign affairs select committee, said those who had been ministers under Johnson "lent credibility to the chaos" of his Government. At the same time, Johnson hit back, accusing Tugendhat of disloyalty to Theresa May. Speaking on ITV's Peston on Sunday program, Tugendhat also criticized Ms. Mordaunt for her ties to the party, accusing her of having "sold out." The five remaining candidates vied to succeed Mr. Johnson as Tory leader and prime minister.

Tory leadership policy on Brexit

The Conservative Party's new leader, Rishi Sunak, has pledged to keep the U.K. in a customs union with the E.U. after Brexit. This would mean that the U.K. would still be subject to E.U. rules and regulations. Five contenders in the race led the Conservative Party after Sajid Javid, Nadhim Zahawi, and Jeremy Hunt pulled out of the race. The candidates are Kemi Badenoch, Penny Mordaunt, Rishi Sunak, Liz Truss, and Tom Tugendhat. Here's a quick rundown of their positions on Brexit: Badenoch is in favor of a soft Brexit. She has said that the U.K. should retain access to the single market and customs union while leaving the European Union's constitutional and political structures. Mordaunt is in favor of a hard Brexit. She has said that the U.K. should leave the single market and customs union and pursue a "no-deal" Brexit, which would see the U.K. leave without an agreement. Sunak is in favor of a soft Brexit. He has said that the U.K. should remain part of the single market and customs union but have complete control over its laws and borders. Truss is in favor of a hard Brexit. She has said that the U.K. should leave the single market and customs union and pursue a "no-deal" Brexit, which would see the U.K. leave without an agreement. Tugendhat is in favor of a soft Brexit. He has said that the U.K. should remain part of the single market and customs union but have complete control over its laws and borders. Whoever becomes the Conservative leader must have a clear and coherent plan if they want to win next year's general election. Whoever emerges victorious must prove they can offer a positive vision for Britain's future and deal with tricky questions like Brexit.

Conservatives Give Mixed Reviews of Tory Leadership

Conservative leadership contenders took to the T.V. stage for their final debate ahead of the 2022 election. While some praised the candidate's Rishi Sunak, Liz Truss, Penny Mordaunt, Kemi Badenoch, and Tom Tugendhat's performances, others called into question their competence. Here, we take a look at the reactions to Tory leadership: Rishi Sunak: Sunak was widely seen as the frontrunner in the race before the final debate, but his performance was met with mixed reviews. Some called him competent and experienced, while others said he lacked charisma. Liz Truss: Truss came under fire for her performance in the final debate, with many saying she didn't know what she was talking about. However, some praised her for being honest and straightforward. Penny Mordaunt: Mordaunt's performance in the final debate was seen as strong and confident by many, but others criticized her for being too partisan. Kemi Badenoch: Badenoch's performance in the final debate was seen as mediocre by many, but she was praised for her honesty and courage. Tom Tugendhat: Tugendhat's performance in the final debate was seen as strong and confident by many, but others criticized him for being too partisan.

What do Tories think?

In the latest Tory leadership debate, the candidates Rishi Sunak, Liz Truss, Penny Mordaunt, Kemi Badenoch, and Tom Tugendhat got personal. Here's what we learned about each of the candidates. Rishi Sunak Sunak is a business consultant formerly with McKinsey. He is pro-Brexit and has called for a hard Brexit. Sunak said he would cut taxes for the wealthy and reduce government spending, including social welfare. Liz Truss Truss is a Conservative MP from Selby and Ainsty in North Yorkshire. She has been an outspoken critic of Theresa May's Brexit plans, calling for a complete customs union with the E.U. Truss also supports free trade agreements with other countries. Penny Mordaunt Mordaunt is the secretary of state for defense and the first woman to hold that position in the Conservative Party. She is pro-Brexit and wants to see more discretion given to the Government over immigration. Mordaunt also opposes same-sex marriage and abortion. Kemi Badenoch Badenoch is a Scottish Conservative MP and the minister for environment, food, and rural affairs. She wants to see more government investment in renewable energy and has called for a hard Brexit. Tom Tugendhat Tugendhat is a Conservative MP from Tonbridge and Malling in Kent. He advocates for social justice and has spoken out against cuts to social welfare programs. Tugendhat also supports a soft Brexit.

Tory leadership: What to expect?

One of the most anticipated Conservative leadership debates in recent memory occurred on Wednesday night. While the candidates Rishi Sunak, Liz Truss, Penny Mordaunt, Kemi Badenoch, and Tom Tugendhat largely stuck to scripted lines in their responses to questions from the audience, there was plenty of mud-slinging between them off stage. Here's what to look for in the next round of Tory leadership campaigning. 1) Who will come out on top? The first Tory leadership debate was a close-run affair, with all five candidates appearing to have made some significant headway in gaining support from party members. However, it's still too early to tell which candidate will emerge as the clear frontrunner, with several other hopefuls currently lurking in the shadows. Whoever emerges as the victor in the next round of campaigning will need to quickly consolidate their support and build a robust platform to stand any chance of becoming Prime Minister. 2) The Brexit debate Brexit has been dominating the headlines recently, which will likely continue to be a vital issue in the upcoming Conservative leadership campaign. All five candidates appeared to agree on the need for Britain to leave the E.U. - however, differences emerged over how best to achieve this goal. Sunak advocated for a hard Brexit, while Truss and Badenoch argued for a softer exit which would allow for more negotiations with Brussels. Tugendhat argued for a "middle way" option, which would see Britain remain within the E.U. single market. This debate will likely continue to be heated throughout the campaign, with each candidate hoping to emerge as the clear winner. 3) The Conservative Party membership One critical factor determining who becomes Prime Minister is the size and composition of the Conservative Party's membership. As of now, it's unclear how many members have registered their support for any particular candidate, with figures currently circulating suggesting that around 100,000 people have signed up to support Sunak. However, it's still early days in the campaign, and there is a lot of room for improvements between now and the final vote - so don't be surprised if any of the candidates make significant gains in terms of membership numbers by the end of race.

Conclusion

Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss clashed over Brexit, tax reform, and public spending in the second of three televised debates ahead of the Conservative Party leadership election. Truss accused Sunak of trying to "rip off" Britain by pushing for a hard Brexit to see the U.K. leave the European Union without any trade deal. Truss said her plans would "blow a hole in our budget" and negatively affect jobs, wages, and living standards. The pair also sparred over social care and whether universities should be allowed to charge tuition fees.

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