Is Sunak making a comeback? New poll puts Truss just FIVE points ahead

Daily Mail

The former chancellor is just five points behind the Foreign Secretary in the race to enter No10 according to analysis of Tory members by Techne, 48 per cent to 43 per cent.

He is also only six points behind among Tory 2019 voters. 

The last analysis of party members a fortnight ago by YouGov gave Ms Truss a 62 per cent to 38 per cent head-to-head lead with members.

Bookies shortened the odds on him winning the leadership race this afternoon as he was also handed a welcome boost by a gaffe by Ms Truss.

She was forced to U-turn on a policy designed to cut Civil Service costs amid fears it would reduce the pay of teachers, nurses and other public workers in poorer areas.

Mr Sunak has also been helped by warmer than expected support at the latest hustings in Devon.

His plans to place economic stability above immediate tax cuts was well received at the University of Exeter last night. 

William Hill spokesman Tony Kenny, said: ‘Rishi Sunak’s campaign has received a much-needed boost as recent polling suggests things are tightening up in the Tory leadership contest.

‘Liz Truss dominated early proceedings and received the backing of former rival Penny Mordaunt last night but has drifted to 2/9 and doesn’t look as secure as she once was. Sunak, on the other hand, looks to be building momentum and appears to have won over some party members, as a result we have cut him to 7/2.’

Ms Truss U-turned to scrap a major part of a proposed ‘war on Whitehall waste’ today after Tory critics warned it meant cutting the pay of millions of workers and lead to electoral disaster.

The Foreign Secretary announced last night plans to save up to £11billion with major reforms to Civil Service pay and conditions.

Some £8.8billion of savings was to come from axing national pay boards outside the South East and tailoring pay for new starters to reflect local private sector rates…

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