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Liz Truss gets another boost as 21 top Tories sign an open letter declaring she has what it takes to become the next Prime Minister
- Truss appeared to pressure Sunak to resign when she shared the letter
- Supporters include Lord Frost, Ben Wallace and Sir Iain Duncan Smith
- Signatories argued that only Miss Truss ‘has what it takes’
- Letter was released as Sunak’s campaign appeared to be stagnating
Liz Truss last night called for the Conservative Party to ‘unite’ to take on Keir Starmer’s Labour, when 21 current and former cabinet ministers issued a statement of support for her.
The Foreign Secretary, the firm favorite to succeed Boris Johnson, appeared to be putting pressure on her rival Rishi Sunak to resign when she shared the open letter from some of her prominent backers, including Defense Secretary Lord Frost Ben Wallace and Sir Iain Duncan Smith.
The signatories, including ten incumbent and eleven former cabinet ministers, argued that only Ms Truss “has what it takes” and would break with the “tired economic management of the past” in a thinly veiled swipe at the former chancellor.
The Foreign Secretary, firm favorite to succeed Boris Johnson, appeared to be putting pressure on her rival Rishi Sunak to resign when she shared the open letter from some of her prominent backers, including Lord Frost, Defense Secretary Ben Wallace and Sir Iain Duncan Smith
Last night senior Tory Nusrat Ghani approved Miss Truss after remaining neutral in the leadership contest for weeks. The Vice-Chairman of the Committee of 1922 introduced her to the hustings in Eastbourne, East Sussex, mentioning Mrs Truss’ record as Secretary of State and ability to unite the party.
The letter was released as Mr Sunak’s campaign appeared to be stagnating, with his last high-profile supporters – Dominic Raab and Grant Shapps – three weeks ago.
In the past week, former Conservative leaders Lord Hague and Lord Howard have supported Mr Sunak.
But in their open letter, the 21 senior Tories say Miss Truss’ record as secretary of state and low-tax promises should push her to become prime minister.
They wrote: ‘For us there is only one candidate who has it in him: Liz Truss. She has shown that she will do what is necessary and right, even in the face of great adversity.
In difficult times, Britain needs a prime minister who is trustworthy. Liz has a clear plan to grow our economy, based on true conservative principles of aspiration, entrepreneurship and freedom, which will help fund our public services and NHS.
The letter was released as Mr Sunak’s campaign appeared to be stalling, with his last high-profile supporters – Dominic Raab and Grant Shapps – three weeks ago.
“It will unleash the huge opportunities of Brexit, break with the tired economic management of the past and challenge failing groupthink.”
The donors include Tories from all regions of the country and wings of the party such as Northern Research Group chairman Jake Berry, current Chancellor Nadhim Zahawi and former leadership rival Penny Mordaunt.
Miss Truss responded by saying ‘it is time to unite’, saying that she would ‘unite our party, defeat Keir Starmer and… deliver for Britain’.
For his part, Mr Sunak has repeatedly insisted that he will not quit the match even if he falls further behind his rival.