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Liz Truss Shocked As Host Fainted During Argument With Rishi Sunak -by Ecork

“Oh my God!” a stunned Liz Truss cried


The latest televised debate between the two conservative candidates vying to become Britain’s next prime minister was abruptly halted on Tuesday evening after the leader fainted on stage.

Live footage of the debate, between former finance minister Rishi Sunak and Foreign Secretary Liz Truss on media tycoon Rupert Murdoch’s new “TalkTV” channel, was abruptly interrupted halfway through the hour-long event.

A few moments ago, Truss had stopped saying a sentence mid-sentence with a shocked look on his face as the thing that crashed in front of him took over the broadcast.

“Oh my God!” A stunned Truss exclaimed, before leaving her podium to walk over to where the debate director, TalkTV’s political editor Kate McCann, was standing off camera.

The TalkTV channel, which launched in April and hosts the debate alongside The Sun newspaper, later confirmed that McCann had fainted.

“Although it is good, the medical advice is that we should not continue with the debate,” he added in a brief statement.

Another TalkTV host, Ian Collins, who began broadcasting from the channel’s studio after a short pause, said the contestants were continuing with the question and answer session off camera with a small audience attending the discussion.

“Good to hear @KateEMcCann is fine,” Truss tweeted around an hour after the incident.

“I’m sorry that such a good debate had to end,” he said.

Sunak also took to Twitter to call it “good news” that the leader is said to be on the mend.

“It was a great debate and I look forward to having questions about it again soon!” he added.

The event has already been hit by controversy after the Sun’s political editor Harry Cole was forced to step down as an editor early on Tuesday after testing positive for Covid-19.

The debate was the second within 24 hours for Sunak and Truss, after the pair ended Monday night’s BBC Good Debate.

The duo are running a race to be the new leader of the Conservatives, and thus Prime Minister, with the party’s nearly 200,000 members heading to the polls next month.

The winner to replace outgoing Prime Minister Boris Johnson will be announced on September 5.

(This story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is automatically generated from an integrated feed.)

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