Liz Truss v Rishi Sunak latest: Ex-Chancellor waives VAT after presenter meltdown cancels Tory TV debate

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Debate Between Truss and Sunak TalkTV Suddenly Ended After Big Crash

Rishi Sunak has announced he will scrap VAT on all household energy bills for next year, saving the average household £160, if he replaces Boris Johnson at No 10.

The move is part of the former Chancellor’s ‘winter plan’ to tackle inflation and the cost of living crisis, which his campaign team says contrasts with the £55billion inflationary tax liabilities that Liz Truss took.

The conservative leadership hopeful said it would also undertake major supply-side reforms aimed at cutting costs.

It comes after the second live one-on-one between Mr Truss and Mr Sunak was canceled after the debate moderator passed out in the middle of the broadcast.

The Sun Showdown: The Fight for Number 10 was abruptly taken off the air after a loud crash was heard in the television studio.

In the few seconds before the screens went out, Ms Truss could be seen coming down from the podium where she was speaking with a worried expression on her face.

Talk TVThe broadcaster hosting tonight’s debate, has released a statement confirming reports that political editor Kate McCann collapsed just over 30 minutes after presenting tonight’s debates.

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ICYMI: Sunak accused of flip-flopping as he pledges to cut VAT on energy bills

Rishi Sunak has promised to temporarily remove VAT from domestic fuel bills if he becomes prime minister, although he opposed the move for months while chancellor.

Labor has long called for the levy to be lifted as the cost of living crisis hits millions of families. But Mr Sunak voted against the move in January and in February told the House of Commons it would ‘disproportionately benefit wealthier households’.

He later said it would be ‘silly’ to offer further help with bills ahead of an Ofgem decision on energy price caps in October.

Mr Sunak’s U-turn – worth £160 a year to the average household at a cost to the Treasury of £4.3billion – is a bid to counter the appeal of the Tory leadership rival Liz Truss, whose £30billion package of tax cut pledges has helped her build a considerable lead in polls among party members.

Read the details in this report from Andre Woodcock:

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It is one thing to execute a U-turn in government when real-world forces and the demands of the moment force a humiliating change of course; but it is quite another to do it voluntarily while remaining in opposition.

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Sunak pledges support in fall and winter

Liz Truss asked Rishi Sunak what he would do on his first day as Prime Minister to ‘relieve the money people are struggling to pay from their family budgets’.

Ms Truss said during the TalkTV Tory leadership debate that she would cut the green tax on energy bills, saying: ‘The major debate between Rishi and me is about the economy, which I promise is is to provide immediate tax relief and ease the burden on the pockets and bills of Sun readers.

Mr Sunak said he was ‘going to ask Liz how she was spending her birthday’, which was today, saying ‘Happy Birthday, Liz’.

Responding to her question, he said: “On this central issue, and all Sun readers watching, you know what I’ve done over the past two years to help the country through some really tough times, which It’s about creating the furlough scheme that has hopefully protected the jobs of many watching and listening tonight.

He added that one of the last “things I did as chancellor was to make sure we put support in place through the fall and winter to help everyone with their utility bills. energy because I knew they were going to increase, a lot, and everyone is going to get help, and the most vulnerable in our society are going to get about £1,200, which is huge help with the bills.

“But I have always said that I will do more than the situation requires and if it seems likely now that energy bills are even higher than we thought, then of course as Prime Minister I would come back and do more to help people because that’s what I’ve been doing for the past two years.

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Liz Truss orders police to cut murders by 20% in policy slammed as ‘incoherent’

Liz Truss wants to impose targets on police to cut murders by a fifth if she becomes prime minister under a policy that has been described as ‘incoherent’.

The Conservative leadership candidate told the forces she would expect them to reduce homicides, serious violence and “neighbourhood crime” by 20% before the next general election.

Ms Truss said her government would publish ‘league tables’ to show how each of the 43 forces in England and Wales are faring against national trends, and that the police chiefs of those deemed to be underperforming should explain themselves to ministers.

Our Home Affairs Editor Lizzie Deden reports:

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Rishi Sunak vows to cut VAT on energy bills amid turnaround in cost of living crisis

Rishi Sunak has promised to temporarily remove VAT from domestic fuel bills if he becomes prime minister, although he opposed the move for months while chancellor.

Labor has long called for the levy to be lifted as the cost of living crisis hits millions of families. But Mr Sunak voted against the move in January and in February told the House of Commons it would ‘disproportionately benefit wealthier households’.

He later said it would be ‘silly’ to offer further help with bills ahead of an Ofgem decision on energy price caps in October.

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Boris Johnson “tipped to become the next head of NATO”

A number of senior Tories are backing outgoing Prime Minister Boris Johnson to replace Jens Stoltenberg as NATO secretary general, reports The Telegraph.

Norwegian politician Mr Stoltenberg, who has held the post since 2014, is expected to step down at Spetmeber next year.

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MP Richard Drax, MP Mark Francois – both members of the Defense Committee – and David Jones, the former Brexit minister, have come out in favor of Mr Johnson taking over the defense role.

“If he were to apply to become Secretary General of NATO, I suspect that he could count on President Zelensky as a reference,” François told the newspaper.

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Many of Tomorrow’s front pages are pasted with stills of No. 10 prospect Liz Truss reacting to the moment presenter Kate McCann passed out during Tuesday night’s leadership debate.

A loud crash was heard just over 30 minutes after the head-to-head between Ms Truss and Rishi Sunak.

Ms Truss was seen saying the words ‘Oh my God’ before walking away from the podium where she was speaking.

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