Starmer launches scathing attack on Truss minutes after PM election
Keir Starmer asked if he's 'backing EU rather than UK'
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The Labour leader accused Liz Truss of being “out of touch” with reality, having spent the summer obsessing over “cuts to corporation tax” as opposed to the cost of living crisis. Sir Keir Starmer said the crisis was the “single most important thing bearing down on so many millions of households” and urged the new Prime Minister to “show she can meet the challenges” facing the country after 12 years of what he branded the “failure of Tory government”. It comes as Ms Truss said she will deliver a “bold plan” for the future of the UK to cut taxes and deal with the energy crisis.
Sir Keir said: “Well, we have heard far more from the latest Prime Minister about cuts to corporation tax over the summer than we have on the cost of living crisis, the single most important thing that is bearing down on so many millions of households.
“And that shows not only that she is out of touch but that she is not on the side of working people.
“So, she needs to deal with the cost of living crisis, she needs to deal with the fact the NHS is on its knees and she needs to deal with the collapse of law and order.
“And there can be no justification for not freezing energy prices. There is a political consensus that needs to happen.
“[Ms Truss] needs to answer the question of how she is going to pay for that. Labour have been clear there needs to be a windfall tax on oil and gas companies.
“She needs to show that she actually understands and can meet the challenges that are there after 12 years of failure from this Tory government.”
Liz Truss promised a “bold plan” to cut taxes, deal with the energy crisis and deliver a Tory victory in 2024 as she prepares to take office as the country’s next prime minister.
She defeated rival Rishi Sunak by 81,326 votes, amounting to 57.4 percent of the Tory membership votes, to 60,399, to win the Tory leadership, and will replace Boris Johnson in No 10 on Tuesday.
Ms Truss said Tory beliefs in freedom, low taxes, and personal responsibility “resonate with the British people”.
“During this leadership campaign, I campaigned as a conservative, and I will govern as a conservative,” she said. “We need to show that we will deliver over the next two years.
“I will deliver a bold plan to cut taxes and grow our economy. I will deliver on the energy crisis, dealing with people’s energy bills but also dealing with the long-term issues we have on energy supply.”
She also promised Tory members “we will deliver a great victory for the Conservative Party in 2024”.
Ms Truss has sought to portray herself as her tax-slashing successor during the fight for No 10, though Mr Sunak has branded her policies the opposite of Thatcherism and that they fail to meet the rapidly worsening cost-of-living crisis.
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Ms Truss has appeared undaunted by such attacks, instead adopting a Johnsonian approach to deploy unwavering optimism for Britain’s future, including by hitting out at “too much talk” over the inevitability of a recession.
She has spent many years setting the stage, and now the Tory members, representing somewhere around 0.3 percent of the UK population, have selected her as the lead in the nation’s political drama, despite Conservative MPs having favoured Mr Sunak, the former chancellor.
Some have described taking the highest office in the land right now as a poisoned chalice, with an economic crisis threatening living standards, strikes causing major disruption, and the need to turn around the public opinion of a divided Tory party struggling in the polls after more than 12 years in Government.
Ms Truss will need to use the full extent of her powers of political persuasion to bring the nation with her through the crises and lead her party into the next general election.
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