Sunak wants reform to fight groupthink in civil service | Truss wants to make No 10 ‘economic nerve centre’ if she becomes premier… | …and to give Sturgeon’s critics protection to scrutinise SNP failures | Johnson moves out of Downing Street to spend the rest of his premiership at Chequers
Starmer blueprint for energy price freeze based on ‘illusion’ | Former Afghan presidents mark anniversary of Taliban rule | Truss sticks with cap on social care | Truss plan to make No 10 ‘economic nerve centre’
Plan to cut extra £400 off fuel costs “Households would see their energy bills cut by an extra £400 this winter under Treasury proposals for a government-backed lending scheme for suppliers. Nadhim Zahawi, the chancellor, has asked officials in the exchequer to work on a multibillion-pound package which would lead to a reduction in the energy […]
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Paul Goodman returns, and joins Henry Hill and Andrew Gimson to survey the battlefield as the battle to succeed Boris drags on.
Drought to be declared in southwest England | Truss rules out windfall tax on energy companies | Ex-Chancellor’s plan to cancel out energy price rises | Industry told to help with cost of living or risk windfall tax
Truss signals shift towards energy handouts | I would rather lose Tory leadership race ‘than win on a false promise’ | Sunak ‘blocked measures to cut red tape’ after Brexit | University tells Truss to keep away from admissions reform
Our daily updated guide to candidates and supporters as the contest for the next Conservative Party leader gears up.
An audience member is booed for accusing Sunak of stabbing Johnson in the back, whilst Truss wishes the Commons probe into him is dropped.
‘Booming’ energy giants ‘to face’ tougher windfall tax as bills set ‘to hit £4,400’ | Johnson claims he is ‘absolutely confident’ his successor will have ‘the fiscal firepower’ to look after the public | Sunak says Johnson was ‘responsible for his own downfall’, as Truss says she would ‘axe’ the Commons probe into the Prime Minister ‘if she could’
Tax cuts now would be political suicide, warns Raab | PM rejects call to work on emergency cost of living package with Sunak and Truss | Ministers vow to keep lights on as winter power squeeze looms | Johnson misled Parliament on partygate, ex-No 10 staff to tell investigators
Voters want the Government to tackle inflation before cutting tax, YouGov poll suggests | Truss ‘is willing’ to give Tory members a say over their next chairman | Sunak ‘slams’ his rival’s pledge to bring forward tax cuts | Johnson’s critics ‘call on him to quit as an MP’ to avoid the Partygate inquiry
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He argues the reductions proposed by the leadership candidate support people with the rising cost of living “right now”.
An ally of Truss describes her lead in the ConservativeHome survey and YouGov’s polls as a “blessing and a curse” | She pledges to ‘rush through’ tax cuts to tackle the cost-of-living crisis | Sunak vows to end low-earning degrees in post-16 education shake-up