Tory leadership debate: Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss to face off at BBC debate

Summary

  1. Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss are facing off at the BBC’s Our Next Prime Minister debate in Stoke-on-Trent in front of an audience of voters
  2. You can watch and follow on this page and on BBC iPlayer, BBC One and Radio 5 Live
  3. The candidates have been talking over each other as they clash on the economy and their opposing views on cutting taxes now
  4. Truss defends her plans to reverse April’s rise in National Insurance but Sunak says it will cause a rise in inflation, and then interest rates
  5. Prepare for 7% interest rates if Truss becomes PM, Sunak warns the audience, but she says her plans will boost growth
  6. Being PM is about being honest, he says, even if that’s not easy
  7. But Truss says she wants to do things differently and oppose the “bean-counters”
  8. About 160,000 Tory party members will choose the next prime minister, with the winner announced on 5 September
  9. Stoke-on-Trent Central was won by the Tories for the first time in 2019 and the audience is made up of voters who supported them

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