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Rishi Sunak vows to bring the government to a ‘crisis state’ if elected



Rishi Sunak faces off against Liz Truss in the race.


Rishi Sunak launched an intense campaign this weekend in his mission to win the votes of Conservative Party members and pledged to bring the UK to a “crisis level” when elected prime minister on Saturday.

The 42-year-old former chancellor told The Times in an interview that a business-as-usual approach would not work in the face of the serious economic challenges facing the country.

“Being inside the government, I think the system is not working properly as it should. And the challenges I’m talking about are not intangible, they are not things that will last long. Coming down.” He told the newspaper.

“Those are the challenges that are staring us in the face and a business mindset as usual is not going to cut it in dealing with them. So, from the first day of being in the office, I am going to put us on a crisis level,” he said. Told.

Prior to a speech in her 1980s eastern England hometown, Grantham, Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher – both former Tory leader Sunak and rival Liz Truss are pitching as their role models to woo traditional voters – is the Southampton-born The former Indian-origin banker-turned-politician highlights how his deeply conservative values ​​shaped his family’s pharmacy business.

“I was brought up in a home with kitchen-table conservative values, my mother ran a small business, Margaret Thatcher talks about the family budget. All we care about is our children and grandchildren. Sound money is the most conservative of conservative values. If we don’t stand up for that, I don’t know what the point of the Conservative Party is,” he said.

In addition to tackling inflation as a national emergency, Rishi Sunak said his focus would also be on providing better cost-per-money for the taxpayer-funded National Health Service (NHS) – an issue that could be a problem for a grandparent. Together is personal to them. NHS Hospital.

Sunak shared, “It’s a personal one for all of us, the backlog issue. He’s literally just come out and he’s very sick.”

“The last few weeks we’ve been extremely worried about everything as a family, she’s my last grandparent. It would be unacceptable if there are millions and millions of people waiting too long for treatment,” he said.

The Member of Parliament for Richmond in Yorkshire admitted to missing his family during the campaign and using video calls to keep in touch.

Rishi Sunak said, “Family is very important to who I am. I miss them so much, they are in Yorkshire and I am here. We live on video every day. But it’s not the same, but they’re used to it.” Huh.” , who is married to Akshata Murthy, daughter of Infosys co-founder Narayana Murthy.

“As Prime Minister, you can expect me to be someone who supports families incredibly. Families are wonderful, families do something that no government can ever hope to replicate. I would not have been here without the love and support, sacrifices, all the kindness of my family. So I feel that families are really special. As Prime Minister I am totally there to champion families,” he added. .

As someone who took his oath of allegiance on the ‘Bhagavad Gita’ when he was elected as a Member of Parliament in the House of Commons, the former cabinet minister said his Hindu faith gives him strength and his “proud moments”. Recalls one of the Britain’s first Indian-origin chancellor lit Diwali lamps outside No. 11 Downing Street.

“This [faith] Gives me strength, it gives me purpose. I am a part of who I am. It was one of the proudest moments for me on the steps of Downing Street. The last two years I had had one of the proudest moments of the job. And it means a lot to a lot of people and that’s an amazing thing about our country.”

Rishi Sunak is going face-to-face with Foreign Secretary Liz Truss to mail Tory members via postal ballots to vote for their new party leader early next month.

Rishi Sunak is now an underdog in the race to replace Boris Johnson as polls indicate a comfortable lead for his opponent. Liz Truss’s promise to cut taxes from day one is seen as only one factor behind this popularity.

There is also a significant number within the estimated 180,000 Tory voters who remain loyal to Boris Johnson and see Rishi Sunak as minister, setting in motion current events for the governing party following the resignation of the former cabinet minister. The latter are responsible for their haste.

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