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Did Truss say ‘Javid needs to be ready to take over’?

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A CAB­I­NET min­is­ter has al­legedly sug­gested that Sa­jid Javid has to pre­pare for a pos­si­ble lead­er­ship chal­lenge to Theresa May.

Liz Truss, Chief Sec­re­tary to the Trea­sury, was said to have been over­heard yes­ter­day in a Lon­don res­tau­rant talk­ing up the prospects of the Home Sec­re­tary by a po­lit­i­cal ac­tivist.

Zack Polan­ski also claimed Miss Truss had named For­eign Sec­re­tary Jeremy Hunt as another po­ten­tial can­di­date but warned he was a ‘game-player’.

Miss Truss, who has been tipped as a fu­ture Tory leader her­self, was also said to have de­scribed Mrs May as a ter­ri­ble ‘paci­fist’ when man­ag­ing peo­ple.

Mr Polan­ski, an ac­tor and Green Party can­di­date for The Cities of Lon­don & West­min­ster con­stituency, posted claims on what he had heard on so­cial me­dia.

He also wrote that Miss Truss crit­i­cised Mrs May for not us­ing Michael Gove more when ne­go­ti­at­ing her Brexit deal. But she is al­leged to have said ‘ev­ery­one hates him’ for turn­ing on Boris John­son in the 2016 Tory lead­er­ship con­test.

Mr Polan­ski took to Twit­ter to say he had over­heard Miss Truss ‘speak­ing loudly in a pub­lic res­tau­rant at lunchtime’. He claimed she had pre­dicted that Mrs May would ei­ther win the cru­cial Brexit vote next Tues­day or it would ‘go to a no con­fi­dence vote’.

Miss Truss is said to have told her com­pan­ion: ‘Sa­jid needs to be re­ally ready to deal with that. It’s go­ing to be Sa­jid or Jeremy for leader. The only one who could beat them with mem­bers is Boris.’ She al­legedly added: ‘Jeremy Hunt is so charm­ing. There’s no con­sis­tency though.’

Mr Polan­ski de­fended his ac­tion, claim­ing: ‘This is a pub­lic con­ver­sa­tion of a very se­nior fig­ure who says one thing on TV and clearly be­lieves dif­fer­ently. We have a right to know.’

Miss Truss and Mr Polan­ski did not re­ply to re­quests for com­ment last night.

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Liz Truss: Over­heard in res­tau­rant

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