‘s policies and positions on controversial issues have come under the spotlight after she became a surprise front-runner in the leadership race.Here we examine her record.
TAX AND ECONOMY
Miss Mordaunt laid out her ‘low-tax, small state’ vision when she launched her campaign on Wednesday. She promised a new fiscal rule to ensure debt as a percentage of GDP falls over time.
Her pledges include cutting at fuel pumps by 50 per cent until at least next April.She also vowed to raise basic and middle earners’ tax thresholds in line with . Miss Mordaunt wants to see the tax system simplified to reduce the bureaucratic burden on taxpayers.
Priti Patel (L) and Penny Mordaunt (R) stand beside the Vote Leave battle bus as it stops in Portsmouth in 2016
One proposal is to earmark for MPs ‘social capital pots’ — cash for them to decide how best to spend in their constituencies.
It is one way of devolving power from the Treasury and may be a popular idea among some backbenchers.But critics say it could lead to a change in an MP’s role.
She voted for Brexit in the 2016 referendum. But she has been criticised over her decision subsequently to back Theresa May’s Brexit deal in 2019.Arch Brexiteer Steve Baker all but accused her of selling out in a furious swipe on LBC radio station suggesting she was instead more concerned about her place in Cabinet.
Miss Mordaunt is a supporter of transitioning to net zero greenhouse gas emissions.She has announced a wide-ranging package of economic reforms that she argued could create up to 3million ‘green jobs’ by 2030.