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Key quotes from the Conservative leadership campaign televised debate


The contenders for the succession of Boris Johnson clashed in a second televised debate.

Here are some of the top quotes from the five remaining rivals in the Tory leadership race.

“I would love to stand here and say ‘look, I’m going to cut this tax, this tax and another tax and it’ll be fine.’ But you know what? This will not be the case. There is a cost to these things and the cost of higher inflation, higher mortgage rates, eroded savings. And you know what? This something-for-nothing economy is not conservative. It is socialism. – Rishi Sunak.

“I think the tax cuts I’ve described are not inflationary. I think people listening to us at home will be watching, debating these issues. And it seems like we’ve gotten away from the real issues they’re facing, they need immediate action now, I don’t understand why Rishi doesn’t accept that. – Penny Mordaunt.

“I heard Penny on TV this morning say you were going to take away one of my rules that the government shouldn’t borrow for day-to-day expenses. Listen, it’s one thing to borrow for a long-term investment. term but it’s another thing to put running bills on the country’s credit card and we know how that ends It’s not just wrong it’s dangerous And you know what, even Jeremy Corbyn didn’t suggest we should go that far.- Rishi Sunak.

“Rishi, you have raised taxes to the highest level in 70 years. This is not going to stimulate economic growth. – Liz Truss.

Kemi Badenoch during the second live televised debate for the Conservative leadership candidates (Jonathan Hordle/ITV)

“I think what we’re seeing in the discussion that’s taking place is that there are no easy options. There are no solutions, only compromises. When I worked at the Treasury, it was always a choice between option A difficult, option B terrible or option C crazy. –Kemi Badenoch.

“I may not be the shrewdest presenter on this stage, but I think my colleagues in Parliament understand, when I work with them, that when I say I’m going to do something, I do it.” – Liz Truss.

“My whole campaign was built around building a team. My now legendary campaign video didn’t introduce me at all, it was about my colleagues and my country.” – Penny Mordaunt.

“Whatever your responsibility in this government, whatever your place in this government, Keir Starmer in two years is going to hold that record against us. We have to make sure that we win conservative seats across the country, and even very good people have given credibility to the chaos. – Tom Tugendhat explains why the successful candidate shouldn’t have worked for Boris Johnson.

“We have much to be proud of. We did Brexit, and what the Prime Minister did on Ukraine and on vaccines was fantastic. Serving in government is not easy. It requires making tough decisions. To M [Tugendhat] never did that. It’s very easy for him to criticize what we’ve done, but we’ve been on the front line to make the case. –Kemi Badenoch.

“What I would say to you is that all attempts to portray me as an out-of-touch individual will fail. I am the only person on this stage who has won and fought a Labor seat. My constituents do not elect people who are disconnected.—Penny Mordaunt.

“We left the EU, the public is fed up with us talking about Brexit.” –Kemi Badenoch.

“No to a general election, we need 100 per cent of our best efforts to serve the British people, I’m the person who can do that.” – Liz Truss.

“Which do you regret more, being a Remainer or being a Liberal Democrat? – Rishi Sunak to Liz Truss.