(ANSA) – LONDON, JUL 29 – Foreign Minister Liz Truss is strengthened even more in the race for Tory leadership and the position of new British premier after the endorsement made by the holder of Defense Ben Wallace, one of the members most appreciated in the executive of outgoing Prime Minister Boris Johnson. While the other contender, former Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak, admits he is behind and wants to fight for every single vote of Conservative party members.
His comeback seems increasingly difficult, especially after a big hit like Wallace has chosen who to support and did so in an intervention in the Times. According to him, Truss is “straightforward, honest and experienced”, and she can guarantee the “integrity” required for such an important role.
Wallace also openly criticized Sunak and other ministers’ decision to step down at a “time of crisis” for the government. The decision of the holder of the Defense comes after the comparisons on the territory of the two candidates began last night in Leeds with the base of the members called to vote for them to choose Johnson’s successor. While Sunak, who started out as a candidate of competence and common sense, is now trying to chase his rival on the ground of promises dear to the internal right and on identity issues, insisting, for example, on safety and on the old selective model of the Grammar Schools, Truss claims continuity with Johnson government and says it wants to “deliver what was promised in the 2019 election program”. (HANDLE).