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Truss U-Turn Gives Hope to Sunak in Race to Be UK Prime Minister

  • Cracks in foreign secretary’s bid show in pay policy flip-flop
  • Cardiff hustings may gauge the damage done to her campaign
Liz Truss 

Liz Truss 

Photographer: Anthony Devlin/Bloomberg

Liz Truss’s about-turn on public sector pay policy has dented her campaign to become the UK’s next prime minister.

The foreign secretary was in the ascendancy against rival Rishi Sunak amid favorable polling and increasingly confident performances in televised debates since the Conservative Party leadership race narrowed to two candidates on July 20. She’d also been boosted by recent U-turns from Sunak on tax policy.