A local Conservative MP could be in line for a senior cabinet role if Liz Truss wins the race to become Prime Minister next month. 

Ms Truss is the favourite to win the leadership contest ahead of the former chancellor Rishi Sunak, claiming 60 per cent of the support amongst Tory party members, according to a YouGov poll conducted between July 29 and August 2. 

Wokingham MP John Redwood has been a vocal supporter of the current Foreign Secretary, claiming she offers “the fresh air of a pro-growth economic policy” whilst at the same time being heavily critical of her opponent. 

Mr Redwood has relentlessly attacked Mr Sunak as the “tax raising chancellor”, saying his national insurance rise “broke” a manifesto pledge. 

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A Ms Truss campaign insider told the Telegraph that the leadership hopeful thinks that the country’s current economic strategy has “failed” and said she won’t be captured by “Treasury groupthink”. 

The European Research Group (ERG), who are key backers of Ms Truss’ campaign, has tipped Mr Redwood for a role in the Treasury, with one senior member telling The Express that he would be a “superb choice” as Chancellor of the Exchequer. 

“He would certainly be able to deliver the economic policy that Liz has been proposing in this contest,” they said. 

Mr Redwood has previously served as a key figure in Margret Thatcher’s head of policy and helped push through her bid to increase privatisation, as well as holding the position of Welsh Secretary in John Major’s government. 

Mr Redwood did not respond when approached for comment. 

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Other key allies of Ms Truss, including Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng and Brexit Opportunities minister Jacob Rees-Mogg, are also said to be in the running for some of the top jobs. 

Ms Truss was forced into a U-turn this week after she announced a plan to link public sector pay to local living costs via the implementation of regional pay boards.  

The policy, which was reversed 12 hours later, received widespread condemnation, including from several Tory MPs who said it would result in lower pay for workers outside of London – a move seen as contrary to the government’s levelling up agenda. 

The Foreign Secretary claimed the plan had been “misrepresented”, but Mr Sunak’s campaign team jumped on the swift policy change, calling it an “own goal” and a demonstration of a “worrying lack of grip of detail”. 

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Mr Redwood, who had previously referred to Mr Sunak as “Mr Flip Flop” over his U-turning on tax cuts, also defended the policy as being “misrepresented” and said there were “no plans to cut anyone’s wages”. 

However, Ms Truss’ own team had issued a press release explicitly stating that £8.8b could be saved if the policy applied to all 5.7m public sector workers. 

The new leader will be announced on September 5 following a ballot of Conservative party members.