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Trailing Truss Among UK Tories, Sunak Says He Has Broader Appeal

  • Polls show Sunak far behind in race to be Conservative leader
  • Urges Tories to ask their friends who they would vote for
Rishi Sunak

Rishi Sunak

Photographer: Anthony Devlin/Bloomberg

With Liz Truss seemingly on course to be Conservative Party leader and the next UK prime minister, her opponent, Rishi Sunak, is pinning his hopes on undecided Tory members and the difficulties in polling them.

The odds are firmly against the former chancellor, whose resignation last month helped trigger Boris Johnson’s demise. According to a YouGov survey this week, he has to overturn a 34-point lead for Truss among Tory members just as they start to receive their ballot papers. The foreign secretary’s pledge to cut taxes and decision not to quit Johnson’s Cabinet have proved popular.