Liz Truss vows to halt Nanny State ban on buy-one-get-one-free deals stop taxes on unhealthy food

Leadership hopeful Liz Truss will stop planned ‘nanny state taxes’ on unhealthy foods if she becomes the next prime minister.

The foreign secretary said that Brits ‘don’t want the government telling them what to eat’, and wants to halt plans that would ban buy-one-get-one-free offers on junk food.

She would also not introduce more taxes on high salt, sugar and fat products.

‘There is definitely enough of that… Those taxes are over,’ she told The Mail+. 

The 47-year-old added that people want to see the Government acting on road and rail services, mobile phone networks and broadband, as well as reducing NHS wait lists and making it easier to get a GP appointment. 

The foreign secretary (pictured today) said that Brits ‘don’t want the government telling them what to eat’, and wants to halt plans that would ban buy-one-get-one-free offers on junk food

Earlier today, Rishi Sunak denied panicking after offering a delayed 4p cut to income tax if he becomes Prime Minister.

The former chancellor made the offer of a ‘radical but realistic’ cut as he prepared to face Liz Truss in the second Tory leadership hustings tonight, with consensus that he is lagging far behind.

He faces a race against time to catch up with the Foreign Secretary, who is ahead in the polls, as postal voting papers go out this morning.

The former chancellor said he is pledging the ‘biggest income tax cut’ since Margaret Thatcher in the 1980s.

But the move was last night branded a ‘U-turn’ by a Liz Truss campaign source, who said: ‘People need tax cuts in seven weeks not seven years.’

But Mr Sunak again declined to back her plans for immediate tax cuts, which he has ruled out on the grounds they will make soaring inflation even worse.

The former chancellor made the offer as he prepared to face Liz Truss in the second Tory leadership hustings tonight, with consensus that he is lagging far behind.

The former chancellor made the offer as he prepared to face Liz Truss in the second Tory leadership hustings tonight, with consensus that he is lagging far behind. 

He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that his plan was ‘entirely consistent’ with his campaign and vowing immediate cuts would ‘make the situation far worse and endanger people’s mortgages’. 

‘As chancellor I was very keen to make sure that I started cutting taxes and what I’ve announced today builds on that and that’s because I believe in rewarding work and the best way for the Government to signal that is to cut people’s income tax,’ he said.

‘And in this Parliament as Chancellor I already said we’re going to cut income tax for the first time in almost 15 years and as prime minister I want to go further than that and cut income tax at the basic rate by a fifth to 16p, but I want to do that in a way that’s responsible.

‘I want to make sure that we can pay for it, I want to make sure that we can do it alongside growing the economy, so that’s the vision that I have and I think it’s right that people know where I want to take the economy, but it’s entirely different to doing things right now that would make the situation far worse and endanger people’s mortgages which is not something I want to do.’

It came as Ms Truss won the backing of another Cabinet big-hitter. Mr Sunak;’s replacement as Chancellor, Nadhim Zahawi, threw his weight behind her. 

Writing in the Times he praised Ms Truss’s ‘booster’ economic approach while implying that his ‘doomster’ predecessor in the Treasury subscribed to the ‘status quo’ and a ‘stale economic orthodoxy’.

Mr Sunak’s bid for the premiership was given a boost by the endorsement of Damian Green, the chair of the One Nation group of Conservative MPs, who said he trusted the former chancellor to ‘unify the party’ and ‘conjure up a solution’ to crises. 

He faces a race against time to catch up with the Foreign Secretary, who is ahead in the polls, as postal voting papers go out this morning.

He faces a race against time to catch up with the Foreign Secretary, who is ahead in the polls, as postal voting papers go out this morning. 

Liz Truss vows to free farmers of red tape 

Liz Truss today vows to ‘unleash’ British farming to shore up food security with a pledge to slash red tape and extend a seasonal workers scheme.

Amid warnings that the Government is failing to take feeding the country seriously, the Tory leadership frontrunner promises to make British farmers more competitive.

Miss Truss, a former environment secretary, said she wants to free farmers to grow more sustainable and high-quality British food. Meeting farmers in the South West today, she will say that Brexit has given the UK a ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ opportunity to unleash the sector.

She will pledge to remove onerous EU regulations and red tape which hold farmers back – such as restrictions on the use of drones which can be used for targeted fertilising.

Her government would also review poultry, livestock and dairy, horticulture and animal health regulations to simplify processes and ensure sector resilience and adaptability.

And she would extend the seasonal workers visa scheme – which is due to expire in 2024 – to give farmers certainty that they can continue to use foreign labour.

A source said Miss Truss would work on designing a new scheme with the farming industry.

Mr Sunak’s campaign has faltered over the last few weeks, while Miss Truss has won support for her low-tax credentials and promise to reverse the national insurance hike.

With polls suggesting that she has a clear lead, Mr Sunak is anxiously trying to close the gap before Tory members cast their ballots.

Mr Sunak has already pledged to take 1p off the basic rate of income tax by 2024, but has now promised to go further by the end of the next Parliament by slashing a further 3p. His campaign team estimates that every subsequent penny off income tax will cost around £6 billion a year.

The move – funded from additional tax receipts generated by forecast economic growth – would see the basic rate of income tax fall from 20p in the pound to 16p by December 2029 at the latest.

Mr Sunak said: ‘What I’m putting to people today is a vision to deliver the biggest income tax cut since Margaret Thatcher’s government. It is a radical vision but also a realistic one, and there are some core principles that I’m simply not prepared to compromise on, whatever the prize.

‘Firstly I will never get taxes down in a way that just puts inflation up. Secondly I will never make promises I can’t pay for. And thirdly I will always be honest about the challenges we face.

‘Because winning this leadership contest without levelling with people about what lies ahead would not only be dishonest – it would be an act of self-sabotage that condemns us to defeat at the next general election.’

But a Truss campaign source accused Mr Sunak of offering ‘jam tomorrow’. They said: ‘It’s welcome that Rishi has performed another U-turn on cutting tax, it’s only a shame he didn’t do this as chancellor when he repeatedly raised taxes. The public and Conservative Party members can see through these flip-flops.’

Simon Clarke, chief secretary to the Treasury, added: ‘We cannot afford to wait to help families, they need support now. Liz will cut taxes in seven weeks, not seven years.’

Voting papers will land on doorsteps from today – with many members likely to return their ballots long before the September 2 deadline.

Boris Johnson, pictured at Downing Street two weeks ago, has kept a low profile as he celebrated his wedding to Carrie Johnson at Gloucestershire's Daylesford House yesterday

Boris Johnson, pictured at Downing Street two weeks ago, has kept a low profile as he celebrated his wedding to Carrie Johnson at Gloucestershire’s Daylesford House yesterday

The result will be announced on September 5 and the winner is expected to replace Boris Johnson as prime minister the following day.

Yesterday, Mr Sunak also pledged to introduce £10 fines for patients who fail to show up for NHS appointments. The Tory leadership hopeful said the policy would be in place until the NHS backlogs are reduced to manageable levels.

Patients would be given the benefit of the doubt the first time they miss an appointment. But they would be charged £10 for failing to attend any subsequent appointments without providing sufficient notice.

Allies of Mr Sunak stressed that GPs and hospital trusts would be able to use their own discretion in exceptional circumstances to decide not to issue the fine.

Battle of the tax breaks: How the Tory leadership candidates compare 

Current tax rates

Income Tax: Basic rate of 20 per cent, main higher rate 40 per cent

Corporation Tax: Rising from 19 per cent to 25 per cent in spring

National Insurance: Rose by 1.25 per cent this year

Other tax rates: VAT main rate is 20 per cent, green levy adds around 8 per cent to bills

 

Liz Truss

Income Tax: No change yet but plans emergency budget if she wins

Corporation Tax: Would scrap planned increase before it comes in 

National Insurance: Would reverse the increase

Other tax policy: Would suspend green levy for 12 months, give £2,500 tax break to families with young children

Rishi Sunak

Income Tax: Would cut basic by 1p to 19p in 2024 and 4p by 2030

Corporation Tax: Backs increase but would ‘reform’ biz taxes in 2023

National Insurance: Would keep increase in place 

Other tax policy: Would cut VAT this year 

 

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