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Rishi Sunak: I’ll still be Prime Minister on Friday

30 Jun 2024 6 minute read
Prime Minister Rishi Sunak appearing on the BBC 1 current affairs programme, Sunday With Laura Kuenssberg. Photo  Jeff Overs/BBC/PA Wire

A defiant Rishi Sunak said the Tories can still win the General Election despite languishing in the polls as he claimed the UK is a better place to live now than in 2010.

The Prime Minister defended the Conservative record in government against what he described as a “declinist narrative” while he faced questions about the state of public services and the economy.

Mr Sunak said it was “completely and utterly wrong” to suggest Britain’s standing has diminished since Brexit, claiming “people are queuing up to work with us because they respect what we do”.

“It’s entirely wrong, this kind of declinist narrative that people have of the UK I wholeheartedly reject,” he told the BBC’s Sunday With Laura Kuenssberg programme.

“It (the UK) is a better place to live than it was in 2010.

“Of course I understand that the last few years have been difficult for everyone”.

Pandemic

He cited the pandemic and the war in Ukraine driving up energy bills, insisting “we are now on the right track”.

It was put to him that the UK has become poorer by many measures over the past 14 years the Conservatives have been in power, and that public services are deteriorating.

“I just don’t accept that,” Mr Sunak replied.

“Our schoolchildren are now the best readers in the western world.”

Asked whether he thought he would still be in Downing Street after the election next week, Mr Sunak said: “Yes. I’m fighting very hard and I think people are waking up to the real danger of what a Labour government means.”

Labour said the remarks were “excruciating” and accused the Prime Minister of appearing to “gloss over the concerns of ordinary working people.”

Deputy Prime Minister Oliver Dowden ramped up attacks on the opposition party elsewhere during Sunday’s broadcast round as the Conservatives seek to close an opinion poll lead of around 20 points.

“Mark my words: Dogs bark, cats meow, Labour put up taxes,” he told Sky’s Sunday Morning With Trevor Phillips programme.

Tax rises

The Tories have pointed to a series of tax rises which Labour has not ruled out, but which are not party policy, along with speculation about granting votes to EU citizens living in the UK, which is also not in Labour’s manifesto.

Mr Dowden warned “the bigger the Labour majority, the bigger the buyer’s remorse”, as he told voters frustrated with the Tory record: “Don’t think about the anger just now”.

“What I would say is just think, think in six months’ time how you’re going to feel. I have a strong feeling the shine is going to come off Labour pretty quickly,” he said.

Shadow paymaster general Jonathan Ashworth said: “It’s excruciating to watch Rishi Sunak just gloss over the concerns of ordinary working people.

“Rishi Sunak has no remorse for his record: prices are up in the shops, NHS waiting lists have rocketed, and mortgages have soared. He just doesn’t understand what the Conservatives have inflicted on voters over the past 14 years.”

He said the UK “simply cannot afford five more years of the Tories” with their “pie-in-the-sky, unfunded manifesto”.

“The public has the chance for change, but change will only happen with a vote for Labour on 4 July,” Mr Ashworth said.

Racism row

Elsewhere, the Prime Minister bolstered his attack Nigel Farage, whose Reform UK Party is embroiled in a racism row after one of its canvassers was filmed by an undercover Channel 4 journalist using a slur to refer to Mr Sunak.

“What was said was deeply inappropriate and racist,” Mr Sunak said.

But when questioned about his own handling of racist remarks allegedly made by Tory donor Frank Hester, who is said to have suggested former Labour MP Diane Abbott made him “want to hate all black women”, Mr Sunak said: “Nigel Farage has just described these comments as ‘inappropriate’; they’re not inappropriate – they were vile and racist and wrong, but he’s only said that they’re inappropriate.

“The person who made them has only apologised to the Reform Party for the impact it’s had on them. It’s a very clear difference. There’s no contrition or remorse or acceptance of what’s happened in that case.”

Reform leader Mr Farage claimed that Andrew Parker, the campaigner at the heart of the row, is a “paid actor” who was part of a “deliberate attempt to derail our campaign”.

Mr Parker has told the PA news agency his acting work is separate to his volunteering for the party, which he said he started because he was believed in Mr Farage’s message.

He has apologised for the remarks and claimed he was “goaded on” to make them “in the heat of the moment.”

Channel 4 has said it did not pay Mr Parker to appear in the footage and stands by “our rigorous and duly impartial journalism which speaks for itself.”

Economic stability

Meanwhile, Labour has promised Sir Keir’s first steps if elected prime minister would be restoring economic stability and cutting NHS waiting lists as “the work of change begins”.

“The country faces a big choice on Thursday. If you vote Tory on Thursday – or don’t vote at all – nothing will change,” the party’s national campaign co-ordinator Pat McFadden said.

“The NHS won’t get any better, the Tory manifesto threatens another instalment of Liz Truss, the doom loop of low growth and high tax won’t change.

“The Tory Party itself won’t change – the lessons from partygate, dodgy Covid contracts and the insider betting scandal won’t be learned.

“Chaos will continue, and they’ll continue to put their own interests before the country’s.

“If you vote Labour on Thursday, the work of change begins. Our priority will be wealth creation to make the country better off.

“We’ll get to work on our first steps, including restoring economic stability and cutting NHS waiting lists, and we will break with recent years by putting country before party, every time.”


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Fi yn unig
Fi yn unig
14 days ago

Sunak will only still be the Prime Minister on Friday if he invokes the stolen election theory deployed by the crank followers of the bogusly titled ‘President’ Trump.

Les Cargot
Les Cargot
14 days ago

Of course he will, from midnight on Thursday until the early hours of Friday before the Labour tsunami hits!

Fi yn unig
Fi yn unig
14 days ago
Reply to  Les Cargot

Oh yes. Techical but true OR is it? Nobody is an MP anymore. Is he still the Prime Minister?

Mawkernewek
Mawkernewek
14 days ago
Reply to  Fi yn unig

He is because he derived his legislative power from Parliament but his executive power from the Crown. In theory there is no need for a Prime minister to actually be an MP.

Welsh Patriot
Welsh Patriot
14 days ago

“Rishi Sunak: I’ll still be Prime Minister on Friday”
Technically he is right, he will drive to the Palace at about 11am to tender his resignation, so up to that point he still will be PM on Friday.

Fi yn unig
Fi yn unig
14 days ago
Reply to  Welsh Patriot

That answers my point above.

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
14 days ago

He’s lost the plot, the lie key is stuck…

He lacks the mental capacity to understand that something is happening, Mr Sunak and you, for all your money, can’t do a damn thing about it and you are buffering…

No key to reset Rishi Ji…

His operators should throw in the towel…

Ap Kenneth
Ap Kenneth
14 days ago

Has he put a bet on it?

karl
karl
14 days ago

Isn’t it some time on Friday morning, he pops to see the disney villian to tender his resignation, by accepting the result. Just like every election loss ever. But his mind think differently to reality. Rich don’t get told no

Dai Ponty
Dai Ponty
14 days ago

Where his wife family and him Sunak their type are the ruling classes that is to say the very very rich far more than this country and its bad here but he has delusions of grandeur what is he going to do get right wing nut jobs to storm Parliament and overturn a democratic vote him and his party have turned the clock back to victorian times

Dai Ponty
Dai Ponty
14 days ago

The irony of it i have just been reading the papers on line the Tory party are going to mount a legal challenge because thousands of postal ballots have not arrived yet and to late to go back now they privitised the bloody post its now a shambles trying to get their excuses in

Sneb yn gwbod.
Sneb yn gwbod.
14 days ago

Sir Keir and Vaughan all the way.

Jimmy
Jimmy
13 days ago

Are we to expect a self-coup then?

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