Where Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak stand on key issues

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Rishi Sunak

Taxes: The former chancellor has been accused of ‘flip-flopping’ on tax cuts despite pledging to scrap VAT on energy bills for a year if he becomes prime minister. He has pledged to introduce the measure to save £160 on the average household bill as energy prices soar this winter.

Mr Sunak had earlier resisted calls for immediate tax cuts amid the cost of living crisis, saying instead the nation needed “honesty and accountability, not fairy tales”. He had pledged to focus on controlling inflation and only cutting taxes once that happened, presenting his position as “common sense thatcherism”.

Loan: Mr. Sunak has repeatedly said that the nation must balance its books. He warned that ‘borrowing to get out of inflation is not a plan’ and challenged Ms Truss on her promise to borrow more to fund her tax cuts. He said: ‘It’s the country’s credit card and it’s our children and grandchildren, all the children here will be footing the bill for this. There is nothing conservative about it.

Net Zero: He has pledged to maintain the target of making Britain carbon neutral by 2050. To achieve this, he would oversee a massive expansion of offshore wind farms, but he would maintain a ban on the installation of new turbines down. He wants to make the UK energy self-sufficient by 2045.

Trans: The former chancellor has made his stance on trans rights clear. He said: “The fact that we have to have a conversation about what a woman is is frankly extraordinary. As the parent of two young daughters and married to one, I know exactly what a woman is. We don’t need to have a debate about it. I’m going to stand up for women’s rights, whether it’s the language that people are now trying to erase from public life, locker room access, sport – we have to stand up for women’s rights. It’s not bigoted or somehow narrow-minded to say that. Mr Sunak launched his campaign by promising a new “women’s rights manifesto”.

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