News analysis

British PM hopefuls clash on economy, agree on China in bad-tempered TV debate

Candidates Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss during the BBC Conservative Party leadership debate at Victoria Hall on July 25, 2022. PHOTO: REUTERS
New: Gift this subscriber-only story to your friends and family

STOKE-ON-TRENT - The two candidates competing to become Britain's next prime minister by winning the leadership of the country's ruling Conservative Party have clashed in a bad-tempered televised debate, with Foreign Secretary Elizabeth Truss promising to deliver tax cuts despite high levels of government debt, and former finance minister Rishi Sunak angrily dismissing her proposal as a recipe for economic failure.

The only policy the two agreed on is that Britain should get much tougher on China, a topic which, to the surprise of many seasoned observers, has risen to prominence in this race.

Already a subscriber? 

Read the full story and more at $9.90/month

Get exclusive reports and insights with more than 500 subscriber-only articles every month

Unlock these benefits

  • All subscriber-only content on ST app and

  • Easy access any time via ST app on 1 mobile device

  • E-paper with 2-week archive so you won't miss out on content that matters to you

Join ST's Telegram channel and get the latest breaking news delivered to you.