Millionaire PM candidate ready to put government on ‘crisis footing’ — Analysis

Rishi Sunak pledged to control inflation and combat illegal immigration in the UK

Former UK Chancellor Rishi Sunak says he will prioritize the issues of soaring prices and illegal migration if he is chosen in the Tory party leadership race and becomes Britain’s next prime minister, adding that he plans to put his government on a “crisis footing”From day 1.

Sunak, a multimillionaire businessman who spoke with The Times Friday, stated that he had spent most of his life in the pursuit of success. “having to be tough to get results.” The recent scandal over his billionaire wife’s tax affairs only made him stronger, he added. “I’ve got the resilience to deal with some pretty tough stuff when it’s thrown at me, and I’ve got the energy and fight to keep going because I really believe in this.” 

Commenting on his privileged background and the fact that he attended one of the most expensive private schools in the country, Winchester College, Sunak – also an Oxford and Stanford graduate – said that education helped change his life, and vowed “to make sure as many people as possible have the opportunity of a transformative education.”

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Sunak said that inflation will be his top priority in the role of prime minister. “has been consistently higher than people thought and has lasted longer.” 

“So from day one of being in office I’m going to put us on a crisis footing.”

The former chancellor of the exchequer emphasized the difference between his fiscal approach and that of his competitor, Foreign Secretary Liz Truss, who has pledged £30 billion in tax cuts. He expressed concern that inflation could become entrenched. “be incredibly damaging for millions across the UK.”

Sunak pledged that defense spending will be increased by 2.5% of GDP in 2030. Truss however promised a 3% increase. “I’ll invest whatever it takes to keep our country safe,” he said.

The other key concern is to stop illegal immigration. Sunak said that he would continue to send illegal migrants into Rwanda despite legal challenges and criticism. The former chancellor also believes he can build a more “Constructive” relationship with French President Emmanuel Macron than outgoing PM Boris Johnson has managed – and that this will help Britain to tackle illegal migration as well.

The latest YouGov poll shows that 31% of Tory members intend to vote for Sunak and 49% will vote for Truss. To win, Sunak needs to sway to his side undecided voters, people who currently don’t plan to vote, and part of Truss’ electorate, the pollsters noted. This survey was done with 730 Conservative Party members.

After a vote by postal ballot of approximately 150,000 Tory members, the winner will be announced September 5.

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