Liz Truss may have an edge over Rishi Sunak, but ‘foreign policy can’t win elections’: expert

Members of the Conservative Party are voting on who will become the next leader and succeed Boris Johnson as prime minister, but what if a government is led by Liz Truss or Rishi Sunak? Will it make a difference?

The Epoch Times reports to Matthew Lesh, head of public policy at the Institute for Economic Affairs, Stepan Stepanenko, fellow of the Henry Jackson Society, and Steve Keane, eminent fellow of University College London, We talked about two candidates. Strengths and weaknesses, and foreign policy priorities.

Sunak, the former prime minister of the Treasury, was backed by 137 Tory MPs in last month’s parliamentary poll, while Truss was backed by 113, trailing Penny Mordaunt by just eight votes in the final round. We were separated by a margin.

However, Resh said: She is in pole position. It’s one of those times when MPs and party members seem to be divided. ”

The winners of the leadership contest will be announced on September 5th and whoever becomes Prime Minister will have to go all out in the face of both rising electricity prices, train strikes and the NHS winter crisis and looming recession. I have. Refers to the conflict in Ukraine.

“Both of them have a difficult task.”

Mr Resh said: [than under Jeremy Corbyn]”

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson prepares to turn his attention to the Chinese Lions as he hosts a Lunar New Year reception at 10 Downing Street in central London on 24 January 2020. (Ben Stansall/AFP via Getty Images)

So what is the main difference between truss and snak regarding global issues?

Resh said Truss seemed more supportive of the vision of a “free trade, global Britain” promoted by the Communist Party under Johnson, while Sunak was more protectionist.

he said: Snack says these trade deals are too liberal and unfair to producers and farmers. He is more skeptical of free trade. He’s closer to the farmer, she’s closer to the consumer. ”

Resch said there were no signs of an imminent trade deal with the United States, adding: A deal with India is much more likely.”

Snack is trying to dispel the perception that he is a Chinese ‘dove’

When it comes to China, Resh said, Truss is the “hawk” and Snak is the “pigeon” when it comes to trade and other relationships with China.

Both are proud to be tough on China.

At a debate in Stoke-on-Trent last month, Sunak said: ”

Truss hit back by accusing Sunak’s Treasury ministry of wanting “closer economic ties” with China, but her foreign ministry said, “Taiwan can defend itself.” He took the “sternest stance” against Beijing, including making it clear that it should. ”

Truss, who served as Minister of Foreign Affairs during the Ukrainian conflict and takes pride in his tough stance, said Stepanenko: Do not let go of yourself and give Ukraine nothing. ”

Stepanenko said it might be popular with voters to support Ukraine more aggressively, saying, “Foreign policy won’t win elections, but the amount of money we spend on Ukraine and our goodwill towards Ukraine It’s a viable strategy to pursue, given the amount of

He added: It has plagued the party for years. ”

“Some of these donors are now British citizens, but some have worked closely with the Kremlin and have not left on terrible terms. It is doubtful to accept funding from such people,” Stepanenko said. added Mr.

Mr Keane said he suspected Labor leader Sir Kiel Sturmer would favor Truss over Snak in the election.

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Sir Kea Sturmer (left) and Boris Johnson (Toby Melville – WPA Pool/Getty Images) walk through the Members’ Lobby after their opening speeches at the Houses of Parliament at the Palace of Westminster in London, May 10, 2022.

On Tuesday, former Welsh secretary Alun Cairns became the latest high-profile name to switch support from Sunak to Truss.

Cairns follows Welsh Minister Robert Buckland, who defected from the Sunak campaign on Friday, and former University Minister Chris Skidmore.

Mr Lesh said: Both want to reduce regulation and allow UK businesses to thrive, and believe in market-based solutions. ”

He said they were both “recognized” as being on the right side of the party, but Mordaunt was more on the left.

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(LR) Conservative Party leadership candidates Rishi Sunak, Liz Truss and Kemi Badenok. ITV presenter Julie Ettingham. July 17, 2022, Candidates Tom Tugendhat and Penny Mordaunt. (Document via Jonathan Hordle/ITV/PA MEdia)

Keane said the best way to prevent or reduce the damage of a recession is for governments to increase spending and reduce the tax burden on low-income people, thus putting money in people’s pockets. He said to put it in.

He pointed to what former Australian Prime Minister and conservative leader Robert Menzies once said:

If Truss becomes prime minister, she will have to appoint a new foreign minister.

Stepanenko said a “wise choice” would be Tom Tugendhat, but given the bitter dispute he had with Truss in the party’s leadership election, he could make her the foreign secretary if Sunak wins. He said it could be difficult to keep.

Chris Summers


Chris Summers is a UK-based journalist with a wide range of national coverage, with a particular interest in crime, police and law.