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Tories Fear UK Fallout With Johnson Absent and Rivals Feuding

Conservatives are worried ‘zombie’ government and Truss-Sunak spats will anger voters facing a growing economic crisis 

Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak. 

Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak. 

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Replacing Boris Johnson was meant to let the UK’s ruling Conservatives move on from the chaos and distractions turning off voters.

Instead, a long leadership battle has exposed deep divisions in the ruling party and bolstered the sense of inertia at the heart of government. Senior Tories warn the combination of a “zombie” administration putting off decisions until Liz Truss or Rishi Sunak becomes prime minister on Sept. 6, as well as the vitriol between the rivals, is doing irreparable damage.