Tories risk losing next election unless we unite behind Liz Truss, say two former chairmen

It was suggested on Sunday that eight out of 10 votes had already been cast by members, which would benefit the Foreign Secretary as she was hot favorite to win when the ballot papers started landing on doormats.

The two former party chairmen acknowledged that progress on leveling up would be critical in determining whether the Tories will win the next general election.

But they said Ms Truss’s low tax, low regulation investment zones would attract business and investment to regions that have previously missed out.

In an apparent dig at her rival Rishi Sunak’s leaked comments about diverting money away from “deprived urban areas,” they said: “Levelling up is as much about those southern and rural seats outside of London’s orbit as it is about towns in the north and across the UK.

“Liz’s plan is not about pitting one area against another but delivering growth for our whole country, so we as a party can go into the next election with confidence in every constituency.”

Cast into the political wilderness

Tory infighting has become increasingly brutal since Ms Truss and Mr Sunak secured their places on the final ballot four weeks ago.

Team Sunak launched a website last week dedicated to attacking Ms Truss’s policies and a series of bitter briefings. This culminated in a press release on Wednesday accusing her of “serious moral and political misjudgment” over the cost of living crisis.

Allies of the Foreign Secretary told the Mail on Sunday that Dominic Raab, the Justice Secretary, would be cast into the political wilderness for the “utter venom” and “hatred” displayed in a newspaper article describing her fiscal plans as an “electoral suicide note ”.

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