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Sunak insists he will not trash Tories’ reputation for ‘fiscal responsibility’

Amid backbench discord, chancellor tells conference tax cuts can only come once public finances on surer footing

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Rishi Sunak has insisted he will not trash the Tories’ reputation for “fiscal responsibility” and that tax cuts will only come when public finances are back on a “sustainable footing”, in the face of backbench unhappiness with the government’s spending plans.

In his first in-person party conference speech since taking charge at the Treasury, the chancellor said it would be “un-Conservative” and economically irresponsible to “stack up bills for future generations to pay”.

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