(Sky News) The blue on blue attacks have ramped up after Rishi Sunak was accused of “mansplaining” to Liz Truss during their first head-to-head TV debate.
Mr. Sunak spoke over Ms. Truss several times as she attempted to explain her tax-cutting policies to the BBC audience of Tory members.
This prompted accusations of “mansplaining” – when a man explains something, typically to a woman, in a condescending or patronising manner.
Allies of Ms. Truss said Mr. Sunak had demonstrated “aggressive mansplaining and shouty private school behaviour”.
But veteran Conservative David Davis, who has run for leader twice, dismissed the accusations and said former chancellor Mr. Sunak is simply “passionate”.
He told Sky News’ Kay Burley: “I think he’s passionate about these issues, he cares about it.