Liz Truss brands Rishi Sunak a doom-monger as they clash over cost-of-living crisis

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LIZ Truss branded Rishi Sunak a doom-monger yesterday as they clashed over the cost-of-living crisis.

The Foreign Secretary predicted the UK’s best days were ahead as she dismissed “declinist talk”.

Liz Truss branded rival Rishi Sunak a doom-monger

Mr Sunak promised yesterday to give squeezed Brits a ‘few hundred pounds more’ this winter

Ms Truss again stressed she would cut taxes — a policy ex-Chancellor Sunak’s backer Dominic Raab called “an electoral suicide note”.

Speaking ahead of hustings in Darlington, Co. Durham, Ms Truss, favourite to be next PM, took a fresh swipe at her opponent’s record on taxation.

She said: “What I don’t believe in is taxing people to the highest level in 70 years and then giving them their own money back.

“We are Conservatives. We believe in low taxes.

“What I care about is Britain being successful.

“I don’t agree with these portents of doom. I don’t agree with this declinist talk.

“I believe our country’s best days are ahead of us. And what I’m going to do, if selected as prime minister, is keep taxes low, get the economy growing, unleash the potential right across Britain.”

Mr Sunak promised yesterday to give squeezed Brits a “few hundred pounds more” this winter to help with energy bill rises which are forecast to soar to £4,266 a year by January.

He said the tax plans of Ms Truss, who also aims to ditch green and Health and Social Care levies, would not help OAPs and the poorest.

His campaign team claimed she was “divorced from reality.”

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace, who supports Ms Truss, urged them to halt their “unnecessary attacks”.

He said: “Blue-on-blue is not going to help the Conservative Party win the next election.”

Liz Truss predicted the UK’s best days were ahead as she dismissed ‘declinist talk’