UK Tory leadership contenders spar over tax in first TV debate

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The five remaining Conservative candidates to become Britain’s next prime minister clashed Friday night in their first TV debate over tax and honesty in politics, as they fight to make an eventual two-person run-off. In a mainly muted 90-minute debate — the first chance in the days-old contest for both the frontrunners and lesser-known contenders to pitch their credentials to a national television audience — there were relatively few direct confrontations between them. But when they did erupt, it came largely over taxation, with former finance minister Rishi Sunak, one of the frontrunners, f…

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