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Jeremy Hunt shreds Trusss economic plans in astounding U-turn on tax

Jeremy Hunt shreds Trusss economic plans in astounding U-turn on tax


Jeremy Hunt shreds Trusss economic plans in astounding U-turn on tax

Jeremy Hunt has shredded Liz Truss's economic plans in one of the most astonishing U-turns in modern political history, including slashing the energy price freeze which the prime minister had repeatedly championed.

The new chancellor dismantled almost all of the platform that Truss's leadership victory had been built on, including the majority of her tax cuts, and hinted a new windfall tax was in his sights - a move the PM had previously said she would not countenance.

Hunt also refused to rule out cuts to totemic Conservative pledges, including defence spending and the pensions triple lock.

Truss declined to appear at the dispatch box in parliament on Monday despite calls from Labour, leading one cabinet minister to clarify she was not "hiding under a desk". In an interview with the BBC on Monday night, she said she wanted to "accept responsibility and say sorry for the mistakes that have been made".

"I wanted to act to help people with their energy bills and to deal with the issue of high taxes, but we went too far and too fast," she said.

With her premiership in grave doubt, Downing Street sources told the Guardian that Truss met Sir Graham Brady, the powerful chair of the 1922 Committee, where they discussed the scale of MPs' anger.

A new poll from Redfield & Wilton gave Labour a 36-point lead, the largest for any political party from any polling company since October 1997.

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