Many were undecided and some switched sides as the match progressed. While the ballots will land on their doorsteps this week, some said they would wait for the hustings and TV debates to play out before ticking a box. Sunak’s faith and Indian origin were considered irrelevant.
Several young conservatives supported Sunak. “People think Truss is the winner, but we think it’s undecided,” said 19-year-old voter Cameron Kinch. “The downsides of Sunak are that he was not loyal to Boris and I value loyalty. But the positive is that he is a safe pair of hands.”
Another voter, Peter Barrowcliff, said he had decided to vote for Sunak, but Liz seems to be getting a lot of positive coverage, which worries him. “I haven’t heard enough about their foreign policy. Rishi is financially competent, but I’m not sure he has the political ability to take on world leaders.”
But some had their doubts. According to Benedict Robertson (17), Rishi is not aggressive enough. Fellow voter John O’Leary said: “I prefer Truss because she is more experienced and Rishi is still new to the game.”
Sunak didn’t seem to have the same bond with the public at first, as Truss made jokes and ran through a range of populist policies such as cutting taxes, which prompted the European Court of Human Rights to overrule Britain’s plans to tackle illegal immigration. could not ignore, take down the public sector and legislate against railway strikes.
Truss said she would have Sunak as part of her cabinet team if she becomes prime minister. “He’s a fantastic guy and I have a lot of respect for him,” she said.
This followed the surprise announcement by Penny Mordaunt, who came in third in the match, that she was supporting Truss.
Sunak was greeted with great applause by a nationwide audience that had almost none of the ethnic minority. After he joked about taking selfies with kids because they matched his “size,” Sunak said he was raised with family values. He repeated many of Truss’s promises. But he had fresh ideas on how to close the NHS backlog and received massive cheers when he said he wouldn’t put the country’s debts on a credit card.
“I am a practicing Hindu and raised my children as Hindu. It’s a special part of how I live my life today,” he said, revealing that his favorite non-political book was Roald Dahl’s “Going Solo” and that if he hadn’t been a politician, he would have run Southampton’s football club. .
He got livelier as the evening went on and when he left there was a huge round of applause, perhaps a notch lower than Truss’s. After the looting, some voters were happy with Sunak’s “sound policies”.
“The competition between the candidates is extremely close,” said Councilor Andrew Parry. “Sunak seemed like the more natural performer before,” he said, but now “Truss had shown she has a sense of humor and has spoken more seriously about her policies.”