Liz Truss has revealed her two teenage daughters are managing her social media campaign and she’s skipping the family holiday to Disney World in Florida ‘so she can focus on winning’ the Tory leadership race.
The Foreign Secretary surged into the final run-off against Rishi Sunak in the race to become prime minister, knocking out rival Penny Mordaunt on Wednesday.
After finding out the results, Ms Truss, 46, said she ‘yelped with delight’ and ‘popped open the chilled white wine’ on the House of Commons terrace.
She said her success has been aided with the help of her daughters Frances, 16, and Liberty, 13, who have not been pictured.
Speaking to The Telegraph, Ms Truss said: ‘My oldest daughter’s working on the digital team.
‘She’s done a computing GCSE so she’s helping out on that. And my younger daughter was there as well, giving general political advice.’
Foreign Secretary and Tory leadership candidate, Liz Truss, celebrates with her supporters in the Commons after making it alongside Rishi Sunak as the final two candidates to be PM
Ms Truss (right) said her success has been aided with the help of her daughters Frances, 16, and Liberty, 13, and her ‘true blue’ 48-year-old accountant husband Hugh (left)
The Tory Leadership hopeful also described herself as an ‘insurgent’ who wants to change things and ‘put forward a positive agenda’.
As the campaign continues, Ms Truss will be skipping a trip to Disney World that was postponed three times due to the Covid pandemic – meaning her daughters and husband will have to go without her.
Yesterday, she lengthened her lead over the ex-chancellor with almost the-thirds of party members backing her to replace Boris Johnson.
Ms Truss was also the choice of 62 per cent of the membership polled by YouGov for Sky News, against 38 per cent for Mr Sunak.
They will tour the UK over the next six weeks to take part in 12 hustings for the Tory members who will vote for their next leader, with the result being announced on September 5.
Meanwhile, their campaign for Number 10 will continue this weekend, with the leadership rivals offering eye-catching policy proposals to entice Tory party members.
Ms Truss was also the choice of 62 per cent of the membership polled by YouGov for Sky News, against 38 per cent for Mr Sunak
The Foreign Secretary has vowed to review all EU laws retained after Brexit by the end of next year in a ‘red tape bonfire’ if she becomes prime minister, and to scrap or replace those that are deemed to hinder UK growth.
Mr Sunak will use a speech in the birthplace of Margaret Thatcher to promise plans to tackle NHS backlogs, driven in part by a so-called ‘vaccines style’ taskforce.
The whittling down of the Tory leadership contenders to just two this week marked the beginning of the next stage of the contest to replace Boris Johnson, with the two candidates now tasked with wooing the grassroots Tory party members who will vote for the next prime minister.
Ms Truss, the former Remainer turned Brexiteer flagbearer, said that if elected she will set a ‘sunset’ deadline for every piece of EU-derived business regulation and assess whether it stimulates domestic growth or investment by the end of 2023.
Industry experts would be tasked to create ‘better home-grown laws’ to replace those that fail the test, if they are not ditched altogether.
Ms Truss said: ‘As prime minister I will unleash the full potential of Britain post-Brexit, and accelerate plans to get EU law off our statute books so we can boost growth and make the most of our new-found freedoms outside of the EU.’
Mr Sunak (pictured) will use a speech in the birthplace of Margaret Thatcher to promise plans to tackle NHS backlogs, driven in part by a so-called ‘vaccines style’ taskforce
Meanwhile in the Lincolnshire town of Grantham, Mr Sunak will stress his Thatcherite credentials in a speech in the hometown of the former Conservative prime minister.
Warning against ‘privatisation by the back door’, he will announce plans to eliminate one-year NHS waiting times six months earlier than planned by September 2024, and to get overall numbers falling by next year.
‘Waiting times for everything from major surgery to a visit to the GP are at record levels. Millions of people are waiting for life-saving cancer screening, major surgeries and consultations,’ Mr Sunak will say as the campaign to win over Tory party members begins in earnest.
‘People shouldn’t have to make a choice with a gun to their head.
‘If we do not immediately set in train a radically different approach the NHS will come under unsustainable pressure and break.’
It is a theme that Mr Sunak focuses on in an interview with The Times newspaper, where he says that he would put the UK on a ‘crisis footing’ from his first day as prime minister.
The Foreign Secretary (pictured) has vowed to review all EU laws retained after Brexit by the end of next year in a ‘red tape bonfire’ if she becomes prime minister, and to scrap or replace those that are deemed to hinder UK growth
The former chancellor tells the paper that the UK needs to be on a ‘crisis footing’ to deal with inflation and a host of other challenges.
‘They’re challenges that are staring us in the face and a business-as-usual mentality isn’t going to cut it in dealing with them. So from day one of being in office I’m going to put us on a crisis footing.
‘Having been inside government I think the system just isn’t working as well as it should,’ he is quoted as saying.
‘And the challenges that I’m talking about, they’re not abstract, they’re not things that are coming long down the track.’
In newspaper interviews this weekend, both candidates also double-down on the economic policies that have so far provided the major dividing line of the campaign.
‘What I worry about is the inflation we’re seeing now becoming entrenched for longer,’ Mr Sunak says.
‘That’s the risk we need to guard against. If that happens, it will be incredibly damaging for millions across the UK. The cost for families is going to be enormous.’