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Now ex-home secretary Priti Patel joins backlash at Liz Truss over unfunded tax cuts

Now ex-home secretary Priti Patel joins backlash at Liz Truss over unfunded tax cuts

Former Home Secretary Priti Patel is due to launch a scathing attack on Liz Truss over her economic plans today as the Tory civil war deepens.

During an appearance at the Conservative Party conference, Ms Patel is expected to warn the Prime Minister and Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng that the party will ‘live or die’ by its handling of the economy.

The former Cabinet minister, who resigned when Ms Truss took office, will accuse the new Tory administration of ‘spending today without thinking about tomorrow’.

It comes as Ms Truss faces a growing Cabinet revolt against the mini-budget, with ministers bracing for a showdown over plans to ease benefit increases for the poorest.

The prime minister is facing pushback from the moderate wing of the party, but Ms Patel belongs to a more radical element, showing the depth of anger just weeks into Ms Truss’s term in office.

It came as loyal ministers lashed out at Michael Gove as he went on a marathon of conference appearances in Birmingham. He used the events of this week to castigate the Prime Minister’s policies.

A Cabinet minister told MailOnline that Mr Gove was ‘trying to make himself indispensable’. “He’s been frozen out and wants to come back. It has nothing to do with points of principle or politics.”

During an appearance at the Conservative Party conference, Ms Patel is expected to warn the Prime Minister and Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng that the party will ‘live or die’ by its handling of the economy.

The former cabinet minister, who resigned when Ms Truss took office, will accuse the new Tory administration of

The former Cabinet minister, who resigned when Ms Truss took office, will accuse the new Tory administration of ‘spending today without thinking about tomorrow’.

In excerpts from her speech, reported by The Times, Ms Patel will say: “We go through today without thinking about tomorrow, and like the Blob in the old horror movie, the more resources are absorbed today, the more the problem gets worse and the more the more resources it will need to eat tomorrow.

“Right now, we have adopted a pattern of borrowing huge sums to solve today’s pressing problems or generate populist headlines in the short term. Every time there seems to be a good case , but what does this mean for future generations?

“I want to see our party regain its credibility by restoring its commitment to sustainable public spending. . . affordable today, tomorrow and in the foreseeable future.

The Prime Minister is set to challenge dozens of Tory MPs by increasing benefits based on income rather than inflation next year, meaning a cut in real terms.

She will argue that it would be unfair to go beyond what workers receive, and the move will save the government around £7billion.

But speaking to Times Radio, Commons leader Penny Mordaunt – who battled Ms Truss for the leadership this summer – said it “made sense” to increase benefits in line with inflation . She said: ‘We want to make sure people are taken care of and can pay their bills.

“We don’t try to help people with one hand and take them away with the other.”

A Cabinet minister told MailOnline: ‘Who informed this information? Are we really going to do it? I don’t see how this is going to happen.

“I’m a tax hawk, but even I don’t think you can cut benefits. We are tired of a dispute over the highest tax rate – the benefits would be even worse.

Work and Pensions Secretary Chloe Smith is also believed to have significant doubts about the plans. ‘We know people are grappling with some of the rising costs,’ she told the conference yesterday. “That’s why protecting the most vulnerable is a vital priority for me and this government.”

A Cabinet minister told MailOnline that Mr Gove

A Cabinet minister told MailOnline that Mr Gove was ‘trying to make himself indispensable’. “He’s been frozen out and wants to come back. It has nothing to do with points of principle or politics.”

The scale of the opposition will raise fears that the Prime Minister will be forced into another U-turn, further hammering his reputation for decision. The crash in markets has caused the Tories to plummet in the polls, with the most recent showing a 28 point lead for Labour.

The pound jumped nearly $1.14 this morning as traders welcomed news that Mr Kwarteng would deliver his promised budget statement outlining how he will balance the books – and more importantly the EU watchdog’s verdict. OBR on finance – from 23 November.

The event is now set to take place this month, ahead of the Bank of England’s next meeting to discuss interest rates, after intense pressure from MPs and economists.

The about-face comes on top of a sweeping change to the top tax rate, which remains in place despite Ms Truss and Ms Kwarteng staunchly insisting it be abolished until yesterday.

In interviews broadcast this morning, but pre-recorded on Sunday, Ms Truss said: ‘We are going to have to make decisions on how we reduce debt as a proportion of GDP over the medium term.

“I am very committed to supporting the most vulnerable; in fact, in addition to the energy price guarantee, we are also providing an additional £1,200 to the poorest households.

“So we have to look at those issues as part of the round, we have to be fiscally responsible.”

She told LBC radio that “no decision has yet been made on the increase in benefits”, adding that it “will be made in due course”.

But she dropped heavier hints when pushed on why she is pledging to increase pensions but not benefits. “What I’m saying is when people are on a fixed income, when they’re retired, it’s pretty hard to adjust,” she said.

“I think it’s a different situation for people who are able to be able to work.”

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