Live UK leadership debate ends after presenter passes out on air
Foreign Secretary Liz Trussthe bookmakers’ favorite to win the Conservative Party leadership election, and former finance minister Rishi Sunak had been discussing their plans for about 30 minutes when there was a loud bang in the studio.
It happened while the camera was on Truss during the debate moderated by talk tv and the Sun newspaper. Truss held her hands to her face and said, “Oh my God”, and the show was then cut.
Talk TV said presenter Kate McCann passed out.
“Although she is fine, the medical advice was that we should not pursue the debate. We apologize to our viewers and listeners,” Talk TV said on Twitter.
UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss reacts as host Kate McCann faints during Tory leadership debate on TalkTV | Read the full story here: https://t.co/opvcbgCGk3 pic.twitter.com/C82VwA0EuL
— RTE News (@rtenews) July 26, 2022
Truss and Sunak then tweeted messages wishing McCann luck.
“Relieved to hear that @KateEMcCann is okay. Really sorry such a great debate had to end,” Truss said.
Before the untimely end, Truss and Sunak had once again clashed over their tax and spending plans and what they would do to deal with a cost-of-living crisis, in what became an increasingly competitive contest. more hostile to become prime minister.
Truss says Sunak’s focus on balancing the government’s books and raising corporate taxes would tip the economy into recession.
Former Chancellor Rishi Sunak says there is ‘nothing conservative’ about Liz Truss’ approach and that it would give the party ‘absolutely no chance’ of winning the next election. Ms Truss in turn suggested her rival would lead the country into a recession. pic.twitter.com/fQGGolqIJj
— TalkTV (@TalkTV) July 26, 2022
“I think it’s morally wrong at this time when families are struggling to pay for their food, that we raised taxes for ordinary people when we said we wouldn’t in our manifesto and that we didn’t. didn’t need to,” Truss said.
Sunak, whose government resignation earlier this month triggered Johnson’s downfall, argued that money from tax hikes he brought in was needed to pay for additional health care expenses.
“I think what’s morally wrong is asking our children and grandchildren to foot the bill for bills that we’re not willing to pay,” Sunak said.
Tuesday’s debate was the second face-to-face between the two contenders.
A YouGov poll of members of the Conservative Party, which will ultimately decide the next leader, found 50% thought Truss performed best in Monday’s first clash, with 39% backing Sunak.
They also saw Truss as more in touch with everyday people, friendlier, and more trustworthy. Sunak narrowly edged him 43% to 42% on who was the most prime minister.
The winner of the election, which will be decided by a ballot of less than 200,000 Conservative members, will be announced on September 5.