Senior Tories reveal preferred choice for next PM

Essex’s senior Tories have been revealing who they want to lead the country as the next Prime Minister.

Liz Truss is clear favourite to win the Tory leadership race next month according to the latest odds and be sworn in as Prime Minister the following day.

Pollsters now give rival Rishi Sunak only a five per cent chance of overcoming the Foreign Secretary’s commanding lead among the Conservative party members who will decide the outcome.

But the prospects of a Truss premiership is not being welcomed across the board in Essex.

Ms Truss has promised an “emergency budget” if she becomes prime minister reversing National Insurance rises and stop business tax hikes – and has hinted at further cash support for families struggling with energy bills.

Roger Hirst, Police, Fire, and Crime Commissioner for Essex and an Essex county councillor said: “I am voting for Rishi because he is more refocused on localism which means Essex will get a better deal. But both of them would do a good job.”

Councillor Andrew Sheldon, who represents South Benfleet for Essex County Council, and who is a former leader of Castle Point Borough Council voted for Truss adding: “I initially backed Kemi and I really hope she gets a top position in Government.”

Keith Parker, deputy leader of Brentwood Borough Council, said: “There’s a couple of reasons I voted for Liz. I think she is saying the right things. It is easy to say the right things.

“But she has picked up in what we believe in as Conservatives. Liz is saying if we don’t have growth we can’t pay for it and if we have high taxation we won’t have growth.”

“The thing which bothers me as a principle is the corporation tax – if we can’t make this country attractive for investment then you are defeating the object.”

Essex’s senior Tories have been revealing who they want to lead the country as the next Prime Minister.

Liz Truss is clear favourite to win the Tory leadership race next month according to the latest odds and be sworn in as Prime Minister the following day.

Pollsters now give rival Rishi Sunak only a five per cent chance of overcoming the Foreign Secretary’s commanding lead among the Conservative party members who will decide the outcome.

But the prospects of a Truss premiership is not being welcomed across the board in Essex.

Ms Truss has promised an “emergency budget” if she becomes prime minister reversing National Insurance rises and stop business tax hikes – and has hinted at further cash support for families struggling with energy bills.

Roger Hirst, Police, Fire, and Crime Commissioner for Essex and an Essex county councillor said: “I am voting for Rishi because he is more refocused on localism which means Essex will get a better deal. But both of them would do a good job.”

Councillor Andrew Sheldon, who represents South Benfleet for Essex County Council, and who is a former leader of Castle Point Borough Council voted for Truss adding: “I initially backed Kemi and I really hope she gets a top position in Government.”

Keith Parker, deputy leader of Brentwood Borough Council, said: “There’s a couple of reasons I voted for Liz. I think she is saying the right things. It is easy to say the right things.

“But she has picked up in what we believe in as Conservatives. Liz is saying if we don’t have growth we can’t pay for it and if we have high taxation we won’t have growth.”

“The thing which bothers me as a principle is the corporation tax – if we can’t make this country attractive for investment then you are defeating the object.”

Essex’s senior Tories have been revealing who they want to lead the country as the next Prime Minister.

Liz Truss is clear favourite to win the Tory leadership race next month according to the latest odds and be sworn in as Prime Minister the following day.

Pollsters now give rival Rishi Sunak only a five per cent chance of overcoming the Foreign Secretary’s commanding lead among the Conservative party members who will decide the outcome.

But the prospects of a Truss premiership is not being welcomed across the board in Essex.

Ms Truss has promised an “emergency budget” if she becomes prime minister reversing National Insurance rises and stop business tax hikes – and has hinted at further cash support for families struggling with energy bills.

Roger Hirst, Police, Fire, and Crime Commissioner for Essex and an Essex county councillor said: “I am voting for Rishi because he is more refocused on localism which means Essex will get a better deal. But both of them would do a good job.”

Councillor Andrew Sheldon, who represents South Benfleet for Essex County Council, and who is a former leader of Castle Point Borough Council voted for Truss adding: “I initially backed Kemi and I really hope she gets a top position in Government.”

Keith Parker, deputy leader of Brentwood Borough Council, said: “There’s a couple of reasons I voted for Liz. I think she is saying the right things. It is easy to say the right things.

“But she has picked up in what we believe in as Conservatives. Liz is saying if we don’t have growth we can’t pay for it and if we have high taxation we won’t have growth.”

“The thing which bothers me as a principle is the corporation tax – if we can’t make this country attractive for investment then you are defeating the object.”

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Piers Meyler

Local Democracy Reporter