DEFIANT Liz Truss this morning vowed to “win hearts and minds” with her tax-cutting agenda in the face of a fresh Tory revolt.

The PM said she will “press ahead” with the rest of her mini-Budget after executing a stunning u-turn on abolishing the 45p rate of tax.

Liz Truss this morning


Liz Truss this morningCredit: Reuters

The PM said she had “listened” to the concerns on the top rate of tax – and said even Margaret Thatcher changed her mind on occasions.

But she suggested she would convince Conservative MPs to get on board with her £45billion package amid fears it could be voted down.

She is under pressure to hike benefits for the poorest after repeatedly refusing to confirm they will go up in line with inflation.

The PM said: “We face massive challenges as a country and we need to get through this economic crisis and this energy crisis.

“And we need Britain to come out stronger on the other side, and I want to win over hearts and minds in the country, but also amongst my parliamentary colleagues, to make sure that we are able to deliver for the people of Britain.”

In key developments the PM:

  • REFUSED to confirm that benefits would go up with inflation
  • DEMANDED Sadiq Khan reduce London crime so women feel safe
  • ADMITTED she occasionally speaks to predecessor Boris Johnson

Ms Truss scrapped her plans to ditch the top rate of tax for the rich after a backlash from MPs late on Sunday night.

While the Pound rallied on the back of the news to where it was before the botched mini-budget on September 23, a fresh political headache emerged for the PM on the second day of the Tory party conference.

Emboldened rebel MPs are now pushing for further changes having forced her to ditch one flagship measure — with efforts now focusing against a real terms cut to Britain’s benefits bill.

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