HANDOUT - 04.08.2022, Großbritannien, London: Liz Truss (l-r), Außenministerin von Großbritannien, Moderatorin Kay Burley und Rishi Sunak, ehemaliger Finanzminister von Großbritannien, vor der Sky News-Sondersendung «The Battle for Number 10» im Sky News-Studio. Bis zum 5. September sollen die Mitglieder der Konservativen Partei in Großbritannien entscheiden, wer Johnson als Parteichef und Premierminister nachfolgen soll. Foto: Chris Lobina/Sky News/PA Media/dpa - ACHTUNG: Nur zur redaktionellen Verwendung im Zusammenhang mit der aktuellen Berichterstattung und nur mit vollständiger Nennung des vorstehenden Credits +++ dpa-Bildfunk +++

Ex-Finance Minister Rishi Sunak was able to convince a clear majority of viewers in the studio in a TV duel over the successor to outgoing British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

For his rival Liz Truss – according to previous polls the clear favorite for the government office – significantly fewer guests raised their hand in a vote at the end of the 90-minute show on Thursday evening.

Members of the conservative Tory party were invited. In the coming weeks, they will be able to vote by letter or online on who will move into Downing Street at the beginning of September.

Sunak (42) shared the recording of the vote after the broadcast on Twitter.

Secretary of State Truss had to justify an about-face in her election campaign in an interview with Sky News presenter Kay Burley. In a press release, Truss said it would reduce wages for workers outside the more affluent areas of London and southern England to better reflect local living conditions.

Experts pointed out that the cuts are likely to affect groups such as nurses and teachers in particular. Unions announced tough resistance.

When prominent members of her Conservative Party also disagreed, Truss backtracked, saying her plans had been misrepresented by the media.

The candidate also repeated this accusation in the TV debate, but also admitted that after “concerns” she had decided not to pursue the plans any further. “It wasn’t the right measure,” Truss admitted when asked.