Poll of Tory members finds Rishi Sunak would LOSE to either of his main rivals Liz Truss and Penny Mordaunt in run-off ballot
In news that will cause alarm in the former Chancellor’s camp, a ConservativeHome survey found that he would be defeated against either opponent in a head-to-head.
Although it is not scientific, the grassroots polls are closely watched.
And they show Mr Sunak would lose to Ms Mordaunt by 58 ％到 31 百分, and Ms Truss by 51 ％到 34 百分.
The only main contenders Mr Sunak had an advantage over were Mr Javid and Mr Tugendhat.
The findings contrasted with an Opinium poll of Tory members for Channel 4 新闻, which found Mr Sunak would beat both Ms Truss and Ms Mordaunt in a run-off.
A ConservativeHome survey suggested that Rishi Sunak would lose to his main rivals in a head-to-head run-off
At a slick official launch for his campaign today, Mr Sunak unveiled Dominic Raab and Grant Shapps as big-hitting backers
The findings contrasted with an Opinium poll of Tory members for Channel 4 新闻, which found Mr Sunak would beat both Ms Truss and Ms Mordaunt in a run-off
At a slick official launch for his campaign today, Mr Sunak unveiled Dominic Raab and Grant Shapps as big-hitting backers.
And he again batted away calls for tax cuts before inflation is under control, saying ‘we need to have a grown up conversation’.
He also heaped praise on Boris Johnson, describing him as ‘one of the most remarkable people I have ever met’ who has a ‘good heart’ – but it was ‘not working’ any more.
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Mr Raab said before the speech: ‘We need a leader who can win… he is the only one who can win.’
Penny Mordaunt and Tom Tugendhat also seem to have reached nominations the mark, while Ms Truss is over the top after securing endorsements from Boris Johnson allies Jacob Rees-Mogg and Nadine Dorries – who declared their loyalty on the steps of Downing Street.
然而, other big names are struggling, 与 Jeremy HunŤ, 纳丁·扎哈维（Nadhim Zahawi）, 英国卫生部长, 苏拉·布雷弗曼, and Kemi Badenoch all short of declared backers.
At his launch, Mr Sunak delivered a sharp barb at his rivals, suggesting their tax plans are ‘not credible’ as he said he would only reduce them after inflation is under control.
The former chancellor said: ‘It is not credible to promise lots more spending and lower taxes.
‘I had to make some of the most difficult choices of my life as chancellor, in particular how to deal with our debt and borrowing after Covid. I have never hidden away from those, I certainly won’t pretend now the choices I made and the things I voted for were somehow not necessary.
‘While that may be politically inconvenient for me, it is also the truth. As is the fact that once we’ve gripped inflation, I will get the tax burden down. It is a question of when, not if.
The polling suggested Mr Sunak would lose to other candidates including Liz Truss (剩下) and Penny Mordaunt
The only main contenders Mr Sunak had an advantage over were Mr Javid and Mr Tugendhat (图为)
Mr Sunak said that Mr Johnson is ‘flawed’ like all politicians and they often disagreed.
但他补充说: ‘I will have no part in a rewriting of history that seeks to demonise Boris, exaggerate his faults or deny his efforts.
‘I am running a positive campaign focused on what my leadership can offer our party and our country.
‘I will not engage in the negativity you have seen and read in the media. If others wish to do that, then let them.
‘That is not who we are. We can be better than that.’
He also flatly dismissed the idea he was in cahoots with maverick ex-No10 chief Dominic Cummings – as some rival camps have alleged.
‘Dominic Cummings has had absolutely nothing to do with this campaign and will have absolutely nothing to do with any government that I’m privileged to lead,’ 他说.
[object Window], I’ve not communicated with Dominic Cummings since the day he left Downing Street.’