Truss humiliates 'plastic patriot' Starmer and vows to 'channel spirit of our Lionesses'

In a fiery speech during the Tory hustings in Exeter tonight, she vowed to channel the “spirit of our Lionesses” to deliver a “massive victory” for Great Britain if she is elected Prime Minister.

She also branded Labour Leader Keir Starmer as a “plastic patriot”.

She said: “That’s what we can do as we unlock our potential against the plastic patriot Keir Starmer. That is what we can do from the Conservative party.

“People who voted Conservative – from the Blue Wall to the Red Wall to Cornwall – they voted Conservative because they wanted Conservative policies not because they wanted higher taxes, not because they wanted Labour light.

“They voted for us because they believe in our values.”

Earlier in her speech she remarked “I know a woman is a woman”. The comment drew applause and some cheering from the crowd.

She said: “As well as we need freedom and democracy abroad, we need it here at home. I’m a straight-talking Yorkshire woman – I know a woman is a woman.”

She added: “You might laugh but that’s become a controversial statement in some parts of Britain today.”

Ms Truss also backed farmers in the passionate speech. She said farmers should be growing food, not having to “fill in forms”.

She said: “I will also back our farmers. I want our farmers producing food. We know how difficult the global situation is, we need food security.

“Farmers should be getting on with farming, not having to fill in forms, not having to comply with all kinds of rules and regulations.

“Our fields should be full of our fantastic produce. Whether that be the great livestock or the great arable farms, [they] shouldn’t be full of solar panels.

“I will change the rules to make sure that we are using our high value agricultural land for farming.”

She also displayed her Brexit credentials claiming she would be “tough on the EU”.

She said: “You know, that I am the person who will be tough on the EU. I took on the Northern Ireland Protocol negotiations.

“We didn’t get what we needed from the EU, I developed the Protocol Bill we secured a majority in parliament, we will get it though, we will sort out the issue and we will be on the side of our fishermen. “

Ms Truss added that she would continue to stand up to Vladimir Putin and “back our armed services”. She said that she would see defence spending rise to three percent of GDP by the end of the decade.

She vowed to tackle problem of illegal immigration, particularly via small boats in the English Channel, and claimed that she wanted to do more Rwanda style deals with other nations.

She said: “I worked with Priti Patel on the Rwanda deal and I want to do more deals like that and I will legislate in Britain to make sure the ECHR cannot overrule our policy to tackle illegal immigration.”

The speech comes as the Tory leadership race heats up. Liz Truss is believed to be favoured by the Tory membership voting on the final two candidates.

Rishi Sunak will be vying to change the membership’s minds as they mail in their choices, results are expected on September 5.

Ms Truss has styled herself in the race as a present day Margret Thatcher, pledging to cut taxes to help ease the cost of living crisis.

Mr Sunak has an uphill battle ahead of him as he aims to take the top Tory spot and enter 10 Downing Street.

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