London. A live debate between the two candidates vying to succeed Boris Johnson as British prime minister came to a dramatic end when the show’s host fainted.
Foreign Secretary Liz Truss, the bookmakers’ favorite to win the Conservative Party leadership election, and former Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak had been discussing their plans for about 30 minutes when there was a crash in the studio. .
It happened while the camera was focused on Truss in the debate organized by Talk TV and the Sun newspaper. Truss put her hands to her face and said, “Oh my God,” and then the broadcast was cut off.
Talk TV said the presenter, Kate McCann, had fainted.
“Although she is fine, the medical advice was that we should not continue the debate. We apologize to our viewers and listeners,” Talk TV said on Twitter.
Both Truss and Sunak later sent messages on Twitter wishing McCann was well.
Before the untimely end, Truss and Sunak had clashed again over their tax and spending plans and what they would do to deal with the cost-of-living crisis, in what has become an increasingly hostile competition for become prime minister.
Truss contends that Sunak’s emphasis on balancing the government’s books and raising corporate taxes would push the economy into recession.
“I think it is morally wrong, at a time when families are struggling to pay for their food, that we have raised taxes on ordinary people when we said we would not do it in our manifesto and when it was not necessary to do so,” Truss said.
Sunak, whose resignation from the government earlier this month set in motion Johnson’s downfall, argued that the money from the tax hikes he introduced was needed to pay for extra spending on healthcare.
“I think what is morally wrong is asking our children and grandchildren to pay the bills that we are not prepared to deal with,” Sunak said.
The debate was the second face-to-face between the two contenders.
A YouGov poll of Conservative Party members, who will ultimately decide who will be the next leader, found that 50 percent thought Truss was the best in Monday’s first showdown, while 39 percent supported Sunak.