Liz Truss has joked that she won’t have time to think about changing the wallpaper in Downing Street if she’s elected prime minister.
The quip, a reference to Boris Johnson’s controversial renovation of his official Downing Street apartment, came as the Foreign Secretary prepares to face rival Rishi Sunak in the final round of the Tory leadership race.
Ms Truss and the former chancellor will now face a vote from Tory party members, after a series of Tory MP polls narrowed the contest to the bottom two candidates.
Appearing on GB News, she was asked if she planned to remove the infamous gold wallpaper, which is believed to have been part of the controversial redesign that has sparked questions over funding for the renovations.
Recent reports suggest the redesign could have cost around £200,000, prompting jokes in some quarters about the fate of any plush wallpaper now that Mr Johnson is set to leave No 10.
Ms Truss appeared to get in on the act, telling the program that if elected leader of the Tories by party members she would have no time to think about such things.
“I won’t have time to think about the wallpaper for number 10, because we only have two years before the general election – we have to get down to business,” she said.
She told the same program that she was a fan of 1980s music, with Whitney Houston’s I Wanna Dance With Somebody her go-to karaoke song.