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UK Leadership Race Likely to Go Distance Even as Sunak Trails

  • Polls give Liz Truss double-digit lead over former chancellor
  • Sunak’s supporters say there’s no chance of him standing aside
Liz Truss, left, and Rishi Sunak take part in the BBC Leadership debate in Hanley, England, on July 25.

Liz Truss, left, and Rishi Sunak take part in the BBC Leadership debate in Hanley, England, on July 25.

Photographer: Jacob King/WPA Pool/Getty Images

With four weeks to go until the UK gets a new prime minister, front-runner Liz Truss holds such a sizable poll lead that her opponent, Rishi Sunak, could be forgiven for thinking the time has come to concede.

Allies of Truss have been urging the former Chancellor of the Exchequer to do just that, to allow her to get to work on tackling crises facing Britain including a looming recession and a generational squeeze on living standards.