If you want to cut taxes, eradicate identity politics, vote for Liz Truss, writes SUELLA BRAVERMAN

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I have always said that we have a duty to keep our promises to the British people. I am proud that so many people from our party and from our great country came out to support my campaign for the leadership of the Conservative Party. But now is the time to get a hard head on the best way forward.

We face difficult times ahead, including the toughest economic climate of any generation. We need a trustworthy leader.

I’ve worked closely with Liz Truss and Kemi Badenoch, but the thing is, they can’t both be in the bottom two. We have to support whoever can do it: Liz can, Kemi can’t.

Liz is undeniably in a better position to unite the party and fight for the things the three of us believe in.

“We face difficult times ahead, including the toughest economic climate of any generation. We need a leader we can count on.

At this critical moment, our common convictions must come before the ambitions of each of us.

I respect the rights of those colleagues who still support Kemi. To them, I would simply say this: Liz is now ready to be prime minister. She won’t need to learn on the job. And the job is hard and needs to be done right. The party has had six difficult years and stability is urgently needed.

I’m also impressed with the range and depth of Liz’s support. She has supporters from Ed Argar and James Heappey to Steve Baker and Iain Duncan Smith. Colleagues have seen and approved of his record in office, and that is very telling.

Liz has given me a personal guarantee that she will do whatever it takes to end the appalling human misery of illegal Channel crossings. She understands the need to stop the criminal gangs that exploit immigrants and to deliver on the promise of the British people to control immigration. It was one of the key issues in my campaign and I’m grateful for the assurance.

I was very happy when I heard that Liz wanted to cut taxes from day one and reverse the National Insurance increase in April to help people with the cost of living.

But it’s also heartening that Liz wants to keep corporation tax competitive so we can attract business and investment to Britain.

“Liz is undeniably in a better position to unite the party and fight for the things the three of us believe in.”

It’s amazing that we still need to advocate for low taxes, but Liz never tires of doing it. She has always advocated for lower rates.

Liz acknowledges that the government does not have its own money, only what is collected from individuals and businesses.

As Conservatives, we know you can’t dictate your path to prosperity, and we know it’s good for everyone when responsible business succeeds.

We simply cannot go into the next general election with a historically high tax burden, or cut rates at the last minute as a pre-election stunt.

We have to deal with the economic crisis facing the West. But we also need to address how a distorted belief in identity politics misleads and distorts public debate in this country.

In 2014, I had the pleasure of helping found the Michaela Community School alongside Katharine Birbalsingh and serving as its president for four years. Michaela instills the highest standards in students, regardless of race, and rejects the idea that Britain is inherently racist.

Liz understood this vision and appointed Katharine to chair the Social Mobility Commission, the body that monitors social mobility in the UK.

This demonstrates his understanding of the importance of proactively attacking the hard left.

“Liz knows what a woman is.  From personal experience, Liz has always and sincerely been on the right side of the argument in opposing identity politics.

“Liz knows what a woman is. From personal experience, Liz has always and sincerely been on the right side of the argument in opposing identity politics.

They try to classify us based on our race, skin color or gender, but we know their ideology is just old-fashioned racism in pseudo-academic clothes. Schools and universities should be places of open debate, not a hotbed of critical race theory.

Liz knows what a woman is. From personal experience, Liz has always and sincerely been on the right side of the argument in opposing identity politics.

I could always count on her to stand up for the truth and the facts, no matter how unpopular or outdated they were at the time.

The candidate best placed to meet our priorities is clearly Liz Truss. It is vital that we honor our victorious manifesto: that we cut taxes, deal with the smugglers and eradicate the poison of identity politics. She is determined to do all of this.

Liz has the vision, the experience and the boundless energy to pick up the torch of freedom that is so often dropped by British politicians. It will respect the manifesto and the priorities of the people and so we can avoid an early general election.

Together, the whole party can be strong and united under Liz’s leadership. I look forward to playing my part in helping us level the country in a conservative way and win the fight for freedom.

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