During this Tuesday’s head-to-head TV broadcast, Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss, which was broadcast live on Talk TV and The Sun, fainted as director and presenter Kate McCann.
In the live broadcast, it was not possible to see what happened in the studio, you can only hear and see the reaction of Liz Truss: “Oh my God,” she said before going to help the journalist. The current Foreign Secretary of the British Government was speaking when he heard a noise which British media later confirmed was caused by the mediator fainting.
The program was immediately canceled.
The TV station has already issued a statement in which it said that the presenter is in good condition and that, on medical advice, it was decided not to continue the discussion.
Sunak welcomed the “good news that [a apresentadora] Already recovering” on the social network Twitter, while Truss showed “relief” and lamented that “such a good discussion has been forced to end.”
It was the second in a series of debates between candidates to replace Boris Johnson as party leader and lead the British government.
McCann, policy editor at Talk TV, had initially planned to present the debate with Sun policy editor Harry Cole, but the latter tested positive for covid-19 this morning.
After last week’s party vote, which left Sunak and Truss in the finalists, the 180,000 party members have until September 5 to decide who will succeed.
A few months ago, former British finance minister Rishi Sunak was seen as the natural heir to Boris Johnson, who was praised for his loyalty and skill at governance.
But Sunak became one of the prime minister’s most critical voices, when he found himself embroiled in a long series of scandals, and thus became a contender for the position not by natural succession, but by confrontation with the recent past of the leadership of the Conservative Party.
In this final stage of the Conservative leadership race, Sunak will have to beat Liz Truss, 46, the current head of British diplomacy, whom many call the new “Iron Lady” – a designation attributed to the former prime minister. Margaret Thatcher, for the resolute manner in which she performed her duties.
As Foreign Secretary, Truss led the UK’s strategy in support of Ukraine and Western sanctions against Russia in the wake of the Russian invasion on February 24, and was also one of the most prominent figures in the London-Brussels conflict. Trade deals, showing the skeptical side of the European Union.
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