Kemi Badenoch has made a pitch for the right of the party with a full fronted attack on Boris Johnson’s Net Zero policies.
In her opening speech, she promised: “No free lunches, no tax cuts without limits on Government spending, no stronger defence without a slimmer state, no meaningful action on the environment without a strong economy to pay for it.”
She continued: “We have had a poor decade for living standards.
“We have overburdened our economy.
“There’s too much unproductive public spending, consuming taxpayers hard-earned money.
“Too many well-meaning regulations, slowing growth, and clogging up the arteries of the economy.
“Too many policies, like the Net Zero target, set up with no thought to the effect on industries in the poorer parts of this country.
“The consequence is simply to displace emissions to other countries: unilateral economic disarmament.”