Labor says Truss comments on UK workers as ‘total disgrace’ as Javid praises workforce – UK Politics Live | Policy

Sajid Javid, a former chancellor and a supporter of Liz Truss, the frontrunner to become the next prime minister, said he wasn’t shocked by the figures because we had recently heard the Bank of England’s forecast. He said on BBC radio 4’s Today programme:

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It underlines the need to go forward with a credible economic plan that tackles inflation of course and the cost of living challenges which are immense but also a long-term plan for growth and that is one of the key reasons why I’m backing Liz Truss.

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He said it’s a global problem, but things can be done at home, like providing the “right type of support to people” for example with energy bills, such as tax cuts, as Truss has hinted.

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There will be an emergency budget within weeks of taking office if she is the new prime minister and this will be an absolute priority.

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Asked whether there would be more handouts to people to help them through the cost of living crisis, he said:

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She has also made clear that nothing is off the table.

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It does require immediate action and she recognises that.

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Javid stressed:

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Our long-term, what’s called the trend growth rate, has not recovered since the global financial crisis and we do need to do a lot more.

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We cannot tax our way into growth with tax levels almost at the highest in 70 years. We need to address that and cut taxes to make further supply side reforms to get the economy going again.

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UK inflation has risen above 10% for the first time in 40 years, driven by soaring prices for food and fuel as households come under mounting pressure from the cost of living crisis.

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The Office for National Statistics said the consumer prices index rose by 10.1% in the year to July, up from a reading of 9.4% in June and entering double figures at an earlier stage than anticipated. The figure was last higher in February 1982.

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The reading exceeded the 9.8% forecast from City economists, as the cost of food and drink rose at the highest rates since 2008 amid a broad-based inflationary burst across the economy.

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The biggest increases came for bread and cereals, dairy, meat and vegetables, with the rising cost of food leading to record increases for restaurant and hotel prices and pushing up the cost of takeaways. Price rises for other staple items such as pet food, toilet rolls, toothbrushes and deodorants also sent inflation soaring.

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Prices for package holidays and air fares rose sharply, driven by a summer rush reflected in packed airports across the country.

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The latest figures will pile renewed pressure on the government and Conservative leadership candidates amid accusations the frontrunner, Liz Truss, and Rishi Sunak, the former chancellor, are failing to grasp the scale of the cost of living emergency.

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British workers “are amongst the hardest-working in the world”, Conservative former cabinet minister Sajid Javid said.

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Asked about Tory leadership contender Liz Truss’s claim that British workers need to produce “more graft”, he told Sky News:

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That comment, as I understand it, was made a number of years ago; I don’t know the exact context that was made in.

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He added:

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I think what she’s talking about is business and investment, because to increase productivity the government of course has a huge role to play – there’s capital investment, things like infrastructure investment, for example, those areas that get more of it generally of course can do better in terms of productivity.

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It’s also about skills investment and making sure that we’re investing in skills across the country, not just in the capital or the south-east but right across the country, and that is what’s going to make the difference, and Liz has a plan for that.

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The shadow home secretary has said comments from Tory leadership frontrunner Liz Truss, that British workers need “more graft”, are a “total disgrace”.

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Yvette Cooper told Sky News:

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I think it reveals what she really thinks. This comes after the proposal she put forward to cut public sector pay in the north and other parts of the country.

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So teaching assistants or nurses here in Yorkshire would get paid less than people in London or the south-east.

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Cooper also accused Liz Truss of being out of touch.

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She said:

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(She) has absolutely no idea that people are working incredibly hard – people who are getting up to go to their shifts right now, watching your programme just before they go to work, working incredibly hard to try and make ends meet, who are facing these nightmare inflation figures, the soaring energy bills and doing their best to keep everything together.

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This insult just shows, I think, that [Truss] does not understand working people right across the country. It’s deeply wrong of her to say this.

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Sajid Javid, a former chancellor and a supporter of Liz Truss, the frontrunner to become the next prime minister, said he wasn’t shocked by the figures because we had recently heard the Bank of England’s forecast. He said on BBC radio 4’s Today programme:

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It underlines the need to go forward with a credible economic plan that tackles inflation of course and the cost of living challenges which are immense but also a long-term plan for growth and that is one of the key reasons why I’m backing Liz Truss.

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He said it’s a global problem, but things can be done at home, like providing the “right type of support to people” for example with energy bills, such as tax cuts, as Truss has hinted.

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There will be an emergency budget within weeks of taking office if she is the new prime minister and this will be an absolute priority.

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Asked whether there would be more handouts to people to help them through the cost of living crisis, he said:

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She has also made clear that nothing is off the table.

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It does require immediate action and she recognises that.

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Our long-term, what’s called the trend growth rate, has not recovered since the global financial crisis and we do need to do a lot more.

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We cannot tax our way into growth with tax levels almost at the highest in 70 years. We need to address that and cut taxes to make further supply side reforms to get the economy going again.

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The Office for National Statistics said the consumer prices index rose by 10.1% in the year to July, up from a reading of 9.4% in June and entering double figures at an earlier stage than anticipated. The figure was last higher in February 1982.

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The reading exceeded the 9.8% forecast from City economists, as the cost of food and drink rose at the highest rates since 2008 amid a broad-based inflationary burst across the economy.

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The biggest increases came for bread and cereals, dairy, meat and vegetables, with the rising cost of food leading to record increases for restaurant and hotel prices and pushing up the cost of takeaways. Price rises for other staple items such as pet food, toilet rolls, toothbrushes and deodorants also sent inflation soaring.

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Prices for package holidays and air fares rose sharply, driven by a summer rush reflected in packed airports across the country.

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The latest figures will pile renewed pressure on the government and Conservative leadership candidates amid accusations the frontrunner, Liz Truss, and Rishi Sunak, the former chancellor, are failing to grasp the scale of the cost of living emergency.

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British workers “are amongst the hardest-working in the world”, Conservative former cabinet minister Sajid Javid said.

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Asked about Tory leadership contender Liz Truss’s claim that British workers need to produce “more graft”, he told Sky News:

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That comment, as I understand it, was made a number of years ago; I don’t know the exact context that was made in.

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Yvette Cooper told Sky News:

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So teaching assistants or nurses here in Yorkshire would get paid less than people in London or the south-east.

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Cooper also accused Liz Truss of being out of touch.

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(She) has absolutely no idea that people are working incredibly hard – people who are getting up to go to their shifts right now, watching your programme just before they go to work, working incredibly hard to try and make ends meet, who are facing these nightmare inflation figures, the soaring energy bills and doing their best to keep everything together.

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This insult just shows, I think, that [Truss] does not understand working people right across the country. It’s deeply wrong of her to say this.

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The cost of living crisis is a particular concern for pensioners who “will not be able to earn more money”, said former Treasury minister John Glen.

He told the BBC:

This is obviously a very important concern for people on fixed incomes. And my major concern is how we are going to support the most vulnerable, especially pensioners who will not be able to earn more money.

Amid those concerns, he accused Conservative leadership candidate Liz Truss of causing “confusion”.

He told the BBC:

We need to know what Liz Truss is going to do because what we’ve heard so far is a lot of confusion, frankly, no desire for more charity, a lot of tax cuts that won’t affect retirees, but will have a significant effect if not funded on the economy and inflationary pressures.

Sajid Javid: ‘We must cut taxes to revive the economy’

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Sajid Javid, former Chancellor and supporter of Liz Truss, the favorite to become the next prime minister, said he was not shocked by the figures as we had recently heard the Bank of England forecast. He said on BBC radio 4’s Today programme:

He underscores the need to move forward with a credible economic plan that of course tackles inflation and the cost of living challenges which are immense, but also a plan for long-term growth and that is one of the main reasons I support Liz Truss.

He said it’s a global problem, but things can be done at home, like providing the “right kind of support to people” for example with energy bills, like tax cuts, like Truss implied it.

There will be an emergency budget in the weeks after she takes office if she is the new Prime Minister and it will be a top priority.

When asked if there would be more donations to people to help them through the cost of living crisis, he replied:

She also clarified that nothing is on the table.

This requires immediate action and she recognizes it.

Javid pointed out:

Our long-term growth rate, known as the trend growth rate, has not recovered since the global financial crisis and we need to do much more.

We cannot tax our way to growth with taxation levels near the highest in 70 years. We need to fix this problem and cut taxes to make further supply-side reforms to revive the economy.

UK inflation hits 10.1%, driven by soaring food and fuel prices

Richard Partington

Richard Partington

Inflation in the UK rose above 10% for the first time in 40 years, driven by soaring food and fuel prices as households came under increasing pressure from the cost of living crisis.

The Office for National Statistics said the consumer price index rose 10.1% in the year to July, up from 9.4% in June and entering double digits at a stage earlier than expected. The figure was last higher in February 1982.

The reading topped the 9.8% forecast by city economists as the cost of food and drink rose at the highest rates since 2008 amid a widespread inflationary explosion in the economy.

The largest increases have been for bread and cereals, dairy products, meat and vegetables, with rising food costs driving record increases in restaurant and hotel prices and driving up the cost of takeout. . Price hikes in other basic items such as pet food, toilet paper rolls, toothbrushes and deodorants also pushed up inflation.

Prices for vacation packages and airfares have risen sharply, driven by a summer rush reflected in crowded airports across the country.

The latest figures will put renewed pressure on the government and Tory leadership candidates amid accusations that frontrunner Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak, the former Chancellor, are failing to grasp the scale of the cost of living emergency.

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If you haven’t heard it yet, here is the audio recording of Liz Truss talking about British workers.

The comments were made when Truss was Chief Secretary to the Treasury, a position she held until 2019.

In the recording, she hinted that there seemed to be little desire to change the working culture so that the UK could become more prosperous and suggested that British workers lacked the “skills and ‘application’ of their foreign rivals.

UK workers need ‘more graft’, says Liz Truss in leaked recording – audio

You can read more about this story from my colleague Pippa Crerar here:

Javid: ‘British workers among the hardest workers in the world’

British workers “are among the hardest working in the world”, said former Conservative minister Sajid Javid.

Asked about Tory leadership candidate Liz Truss’ claim that British workers need to produce “more corruption”, he told Sky News:

This comment, if I understand correctly, was made several years ago; I don’t know the exact context in which it was done.

What I also heard her say, just in that clip that you played there, is that productivity in the UK compared to other comparable countries is generally lower and that’s a problem for a long time in the UK and it’s not happening because UK workers don’t work hard; British workers are among the hardest working in the world.

He added:

I think what she’s talking about is business and investment, because to increase productivity, of course, government has a huge role to play – there’s capital investment, things like investment in infrastructure, for example, areas that generally get more can of course do it better in terms of productivity.

It’s also about investing in skills and making sure that we invest in skills across the country, not just in the capital or the southeast, but across the country, and that’s what is going to make a difference, and Liz has a plan for that.

Labor says Liz Truss comments on UK workers as a ‘total disgrace’

The shadow Home Secretary said comments by Conservative leadership leader Liz Truss that British workers need ‘more graft’ are a ‘total disgrace’.

Yvette Cooper told Sky News:

I think it reveals what she really thinks. This comes after the proposal she put forward to cut public sector wages in the north and other parts of the country.

So teaching assistants or nurses here in Yorkshire would be paid less than people in London or the South East.

Cooper also accused Liz Truss of being out of touch.

She says:

(She) has absolutely no idea that people are working incredibly hard – people who are getting up to go to work right now, watching your program right before they go to work, working incredibly hard to try to make ends meet, who are faced with those nightmarish inflation numbers, skyrocketing energy bills and doing their best to keep it all together.

This insult just shows, I think, that [Truss] does not include workers across the country. It is deeply wrong of him to say that.

Welcome to today’s political liveblog. I’ll be replacing Andrew Sparrow today. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or if you think I forgot something. My email is [email protected] and I am @Nicola_Slawson on Twitter.

On the agenda today is the eighth Conservative Party leadership race. This time, Truss and Rishi Sunak will take questions in Belfast at 1 p.m.



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