Rishi Sunak visited Cambridgeshire today as he battles to become the next leader of the Conservative Party and Prime Minister. The former Chancellor of the Exchequer was spotted by CambridgeshireLive today (July 27) as he arrived at Sawston Hall around 3pm. Mr Sunak was seen arriving in a blacked-out vehicle before entering the Grade I listed Tudor manor house.
Economics is currently at the forefront of many minds: for families, it is working out how much, if any, dosh they may have to spend beyond essential items; for the Bank of England (BoE), it is a question of how did it call inflation so badly wrong, so penalising the poor; and for politicians, it’s about how they can use such a situation to climb the greasy pole.
Letter to Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss insists there should be no return to mask mandates this autumn Face masks are “creeping back” into schools, hospitals and shopping centres, over a dozen MPs and peers have warned. This is despite their “physical, psychological and environmental” consequences and the fact that they act as a “barrier” to resuming normal life, the group argued.
Rishi Sunak is not exactly having the best of times right now, with his biggest problem being that he looks like he's going to lose the race to be Britain's next Prime Minister to Liz 'Pork Markets' Truss. He's losing to someone who somehow gave a worse answer than Theresa May's famous 'fields of wheat' to the question of the naughtiest thing she's ever done.
You can tell an election is on when a politician is asked basic things like ‘how much is a pint of milk?’ Designed to trip them up, they have become better versed at answering such questions so journalists have to be a bit more creative in their questioning.
Scotland’s seafood processors are demanding urgent action on high energy costs, which are threatening to drive some factories out of business. In a letter to Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak, Scottish Seafood Association chief executive Jimmy Buchan warned that on top of Brexit and Covid, escalating fuel costs were having a “devastating impact on our ability to remain viable”.
Scoffing on a snack might seem like a failsafe way to project a populist image, but politicians are often left wishing they'd never bothered after being photographed eating awkwardly For politicians, it’s not just what comes out of your mouth that’s painstakingly scrutinised, but what goes in it too.
A green think tank has criticised Rishi Sunak’s promise to protect farmland from solar farms, saying biofuels use 77 times the amount of arable land. The Green Alliance’s intervention comes after Mr Sunak and his opponent in the race to be the next prime minister, Liz Truss, both made commitments to stop solar panels being sited on farmland.
The new prime minister will have to navigate the Tory party through a “collapse in public confidence” during the cost of living crisis, a senior Tory MP warned on Friday. Jake Berry, chairman of the influential Northern Research Group, said the new Conservative leader would be under pressure to boost the stalling economy and cap soaring bills.
Liz Truss has said she will not let the UK be “held to ransom” by trade unions after congestion levels spiked during a walkout by London Underground staff. The city’s congestion levels rose to 40 per cent at 9am this morning, compared with 26 per cent at the same time last week, as the vast majority of services in the capital were suspended, according to the sat-nav company Tom Tom.
Shadow chancellor condemns ‘moral failure’ of rival’s plans – but Liz Truss sticks to guns on tax cuts Rob Merrick Deputy Political Editor Wednesday 17 August 2022 15:47 Article bookmarked Find your bookmarks in your Independent Premium section, under my profile Don't show me this message again
Rishi Sunak has pledged to “restore” NHS dentistry with plans to ringfence its funding, strengthen prevention and encourage dentists to stay in the health service. If the Tory leadership hopeful was to become prime minister, he has vowed to address the “unprecedented pressure” dentistry is under.
Grant Shapps suggests the ex-chancellor can still secure unexpected victory over Foreign Secretary in the battle for No 10 Rishi Sunak could still spring a Brexit-style surprise and win the Tory leadership contest, one of his leading supporters has said. Grant Shapps, the Transport Secretary and a backer of the former chancellor, said polls and pundits had been wrong about election and referendum results in the past and suggested that Mr Sunak could still secure an unexpected victory over Liz Truss.
Five things you need to know this morning 1. It’s all over now Liz Truss, the polling expert Sir John Curtice has concluded, is almost certain to be Britain’s next prime minister. Only if Truss “fouls up in some spectacular way”, he says, would Rishi Sunak would be in with a chance – putting his odds at a meagre 5 per cent.
Record-breaking gloom grips Britain ahead of 'nightmare' winter FTSE 100 closes 0.4pc higher at 7,541 Ambrose Evans-Pritchard: Britain’s path to economic and national renewal is the genome revolution Sign up here for our daily business briefing newsletter Government borrowing topped forecasts in the first four months of the financial year as surging inflation drove up debt costs, casting doubts on tax cut pledges made by the Tory leadership hopefuls.
Rishi Sunak has emerged as slightly more popular among Scots than his rival Liz Truss in the battle for the Conservative party leadership, according to a survey published today. The preference for the former Chancellor contrasts with the large lead that Ms Truss has built among Tory party supporters across the UK.
The contest to become the next Prime Minister grinds on. With mixed feelings, we see both candidates fleetingly turn their attention from their endless argument about tax – the ultimate hostage to fortune given the state of the economy – to something else: the need for Whitehall reform.
Public abuse of those who disagree undermines the independence movement TORY leadership hopefuls Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss displayed their usual breath-taking arrogance and shocking ignorance of Scottish politics at the hustings in Perth this week, but many of the next day’s headlines diverted attention away from their many failings to concentrate instead on the bad behaviour of a handful of independence supporters outside the venue.
have been urged to resist calls to water down the planned internet safety laws A group of survivors and families affected by abuse on social media have written to the Tory leadership candidates to urge the next prime minister to prioritise the Online Safety Bill. The collection of campaigners called on Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak to resist calls to water down the planned internet safety laws and commit to delivering them without delay.