Tory leadership favourite Liz Truss tonight vowed – if she becomes prime minister next week – there would be ‘no new taxes’ under her government.
The Foreign Secretary, who has frequently criticised the current tax burden on Britons, repeated her pledge to slash green levies on energy bills and reverse the rise in National Insurance.
But, speaking this evening at the final hustings event in the Tory leadership campaign, she also went further by promising not to introduce any fresh levies should she replace Boris Johnson in Downing Street.
Ms Truss has used the last six weeks to try and draw a distinction between herself and her rival Rishi Sunak on tax.
She has taken a series of swipes at the former chancellor after the tax burden rose to its highest level in 70 years during his time in charge of the Treasury.
Further dividing lines were drawn between Ms Truss and Mr Sunak tonight.