Racism not a factor in British PM race, says Rishi Sunak

During interactions with Tory members on the campaign trail, he was urged by supporters not to give up, even though he is the “underdog” in the race.

During interactions with Tory members on the campaign trail, he was urged by supporters not to give up, even though he is the “underdog” in the race.

Former Chancellor Rishi Sunak said on Sunday that racism is not a factor in the Conservative Party’s decision to vote for Boris Johnson’s next party leader and successor as British Prime Minister.

The finalist in the race to 10 Downing Street, chasing his opponent, Secretary of State Liz Truss, in polls during the leadership election campaign that will end on September 5, dismissed factors such as gender or ethnicity that would play a role in the election. mail from Tory members. ballots from next week. It followed an Indian businessman and Conservative Party donor Lord Rami Ranger who said in a video last week that Britain would be considered racist if Mr Sunak lost the Tory leadership election.

“I definitely don’t think that’s a factor in anyone’s decision. I just don’t think that’s right,” Mr Sunak told The Daily Telegraph in an interview.

“I have been selected as a Member of Parliament in Richmond… Our Members rightly put credit above all else. I am sure that when they consider this question, they are simply figuring out who is the best person to be Prime Minister… Gender Ethnicity and everything else has nothing to do with it,” said the Tory MP for Richmond, Yorkshire.

The 42-year-old British Indian politician admits he is “catching up” with Liz Truss in the race as he continues his campaign tour of the UK to win the votes of Conservative Party members.

“It wasn’t that long ago, the commentary was that I wouldn’t even have entered this competition,” he noted, referring to his wife Akshata Murty’s attacks on his wife Akshata Murty’s tax status on her Infosys shares.

“I think I can build a country where the defining characteristics of our society are hard work, ambition and hope, a society where world-class education is the birthright of every child, a society where we lead the world and standards of decency” said him, hinting at his disappointment that tax cuts are the dominant issue in the race.

As part of his reform plans for the state-funded National Health Service (NHS) if elected Prime Minister, Mr. Sunak said he would impose a temporary fine of GBP 10 on patients who fail to attend a GP or outpatient appointment without sufficient notice to allow the operating room or hospital to offer the place to another patient.

The first time a patient misses an appointment, they will be given “the benefit of the doubt”, but any subsequent missed appointments will be charged GBP 10.

“We’re already paying for appointments. If they’re not used, it’s a shame. So if we can change that, we’re actually getting more out of the money we’re putting in today. It’s a good example of a conservative approach to that problem,” he told the newspaper.

During interactions with Tory members on the campaign trail, he was urged by supporters not to give up, even though he is the “underdog” in the race.

“I fight for the values ​​I believe in. I fight for the things I think are good for our country. And I’m not going to stop,” he assured a supporter.

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