Truss and Sunak due in North on Conservative leadership campaign trail

British foreign secretary and former chancellor will take part in hustings event in Belfast.

The two contenders in the race to become the next leader of the Conservative Party and British prime minister are due in Northern Ireland on Wednesday.

Foreign Secretary Liz Truss and former chancellor Rishi Sunak will take part in a hustings event in Belfast. The pair are also set to undertake separate visits in the city.

Polls have so far indicated that Ms Truss is leading the race ahead of Mr Sunak.

On Tuesday evening, they were both challenged by Ulster Unionist Party leader Doug Beattie to set out their positions on the Northern Ireland Protocol.


He said the post-Brexit arrangements “need to be dealt with once and for all because it continues to damage the Belfast Agreement and places a border between Northern Ireland and the rest of the United Kingdom”.

Ms Truss and Mr Sunak will address Conservative Party members in Northern Ireland who will cast their vote to select the next leader, who is set to be announced on September 5th.

There are estimated to be around 600 Conservative Party members in Northern Ireland. The party currently has no elected representatives in the region.

Ms Truss has claimed she would get Sinn Féin and the DUP into government together in the North if she is made prime minister.

The Tory leadership front-runner said she would work to fix the Northern Ireland Protocol and restore power sharing in Stormont, which has been in flux since February.

At that time, the DUP withdrew its first minister from the governing executive in protest over the UK’s post-Brexit trade arrangements. — PA