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Liz Truss criticized by former Tory chief whip for claiming public sector wage promise misrepresented

The conservative former head whip, Mark Harper, a supporter of Rishi Sunak said Liz Truss must “stop blaming journalists” after a hopeful spokesman for the Tory leadership said there had been “deliberate misrepresentation of our campaign”.

Stop blaming journalists – reporting what a press release says is not “deliberate misrepresentation”

So this turnaround has wiped out £8.8 billion in savings. Where do these come from now?

An economic policy that cannot be paid for is not very conservative. Mrs Thatcher would be furious https://t.co/MPMFRUrZJP

— Mark Harper (@Mark_J_Harper) August 2, 2022

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The former Minister of Health, Matt HancockLiz Truss has described the plan to cut wages for civil servants or public sector workers as a “bad idea”.

Hancock, who backs Rishi Sunak’s leadership bid, said cutting public sector wages for workers outside London “flattens down, not up”.

A thread about regional payment:

Lowering public sector wages outside London is a bad idea

In places like Suffolk, it’s hard enough recruiting nurses, teachers and police without cutting their salaries compared to London.

This is level DOWN not level UP.

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— Matt Hancock (@MattHancock) August 2, 2022

He added:

We must support civil servants – including civil servants – who work hard for all of us.

What if this kind of fundamental mistake was made during an election campaign? 2017 all over again.

Poor judgement, lack of detail and a gift to Labour.

I hope we see a complete turnaround and this policy is abandoned.

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— Matt Hancock (@MattHancock) August 2, 2022

Ben HouchenThe conservative mayor of Tees Valley, who previously said he was “speechless” over Liz Truss’ plan to cut public sector wages in less expensive parts of the country, has described the hopeful Tory leadership’s proposal as ” horribly bad”.

Houchen, who supports Rishi Sunak in the leadership contest, told BBC Radio 4’s World At One programme:

It’s just a huge misstep and I’m just glad she realized it and went back and decided this isn’t going to happen in the future.

He added:

Is it a moment – I’m not quite sure, it could be – we might look back in four or five weeks and this could be Liz’s “dementia burden” moment. It could be very easy, but it has to be seen.

Heather Stewart

Jeremy Corbyn urged Western countries to stop arming Ukraine, claiming he was criticized for anti-Semitism for his stance on Palestine, in a TV interview likely underscoring Keir Starmer’s determination not to reinstate him into Labor -side.

Corbyn said:

Arming yourself will not solve the problem, it will only prolong and exaggerate this war. We may be at war in Ukraine for years and years.

Corbyn gave the interview on Al Mayadeen, a Beirut TV channel that has been broadcasting pro-Russian messages since Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.

Read the full article by my colleague Heather Stewart:

Mike Clancythe general secretary of the Prospect union, commented: Liz Trussreturns to its flagship policy of introducing regional pay boards for public sector workers.

If Liz Truss believes that public sector workers are at the root of society, she must call in the attack dogs from her own side and work with unions and others to give the public the support and services we need.

The British public is in a vulnerable spot, trying to cope with endless waves of rising prices and falling wages.

It is time for ministers to put the national interest above that of their own leadership ambition.

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Numbers crossing the Channel to seek refuge in the UK hit a record year-to-date Monday as Border Guard staff braced for thousands more arrivals this summer.

The Defense Department said 696 made the trip Monday in 14 small boats. It tracked 460 arrivals on Saturday and 247 on Friday, with more than 1,000 people crossing last week.

In July, 3,683 people crossed from France. The total for this year is estimated at more than 17,000.

The figures came amid reports of growing concern about plans to curb the number of boats carrying asylum seekers across the Channel.

A source has told Jessica ElgotThe Guardian’s chief political reporter, that Liz Truss has previously called for lower wages outside the Southeast.

More Labor front benchers are ridiculing Liz Truss’ now-abandoned policy of cutting public sector wages outside London.

Anneliese Dodds MP tweeted:

Two years ago, Liz Truss applauded key figures. Utilities?

⚠️ Forced to refrain from planning to cut their wages outside the Southeast.

⚠️Want to get rid of the people who promote diversity and inclusion in the public sector.

⚠️ Hoping to tear up workers’ rights and the right to strike. https://t.co/FFEMLWCfNU

— Anneliese Dodds 💙 (@AnnelieseDodds) August 2, 2022

Labor’s Shadow Attorney General Emily Thornberry tweeted this in reference to Liz Truss’s turnaround in her flagship policy to cut public sector wages outside London.

After shadowing Liz Truss for 18 months, the idea that she doesn’t realize what she’s signed up to isn’t exactly new: the free port fiasco, the shipbuilding blunder, the list goes on. After all, this is the minister writing TL;DR with dead eye emojis on policy submissions….

— Emily Thornberry (@EmilyThornberry) August 2, 2022

Liz Truss criticized by former Tory chief whip for claiming public sector wage promise misrepresented

The conservative former head whip, Mark Harper, a supporter of Rishi Sunak said Liz Truss must “stop blaming journalists” after a hopeful spokesman for the Tory leadership said there had been “deliberate misrepresentation of our campaign”.

Stop blaming journalists – reporting what a press release says is not “deliberate misrepresentation”

So this turnaround has wiped out £8.8 billion in savings. Where do these come from now?

An economic policy that cannot be paid for is not very conservative. Mrs Thatcher would be furious https://t.co/MPMFRUrZJP

— Mark Harper (@Mark_J_Harper) August 2, 2022

The leader of the Lib Dem, Ed Daveyhas accused Liz Truss of running her leadership campaign with “incompetence” after hopeful Tory leaders were forced to reverse plans to cut civil servant salaries outside London.

Davey said:

Flipping a multibillion-pound policy five weeks before even taking office should be a new record.

We cannot let Liz Truss run the country with the same incompetence as she runs her leadership campaign. The British people must have their say in general elections.

Earlier today, Davey described Truss’ plan for regional pay boards as “insensitive, incompetent and ridiculous”.

It is heartless, incompetent and ridiculous to threaten to save hundreds of pounds on nurses’ and teachers’ salaries in the midst of a cost of living crisis. Nasty party politics.

— Ed Davey (@EdwardJDavey) August 2, 2022

Resources in Rishi Sunak‘s leadership camp say Liz Truss has been pushing for a pay cut in the public sector since 2018, following her decision to abandon the policy following a furious protest from Conservative MPs and the mayor of Tees Valley.

Truss has suggested in the past that public sector workers outside London and the South East should receive a lower pay raise.

From my colleague Aubrey Allegretti:

After Truss U-turns on regional pay boards, team Sunak’s source says she pushed for such a move in 2018 to curtail public sector wages, adding: The lady is up for the spin.”

— Aubrey Allegretti (@breeallegretti) August 2, 2022

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