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Rishi Sunak defends himself by saying he withdrew funds from deprived urban areas

Rishi Sunak has defended his remarks after a video, shared with The New Statesman magazine, shows him telling grassroots Conservatives in Kent that he had worked to divert funds from ‘deprived urban areas’ to cities prosperous.
The former chancellor said today that it’s not just ‘large urban areas that need this extra investment’. He told Sky News: ‘It is true that these funding formulas are accurate, that they actually look at needs in different areas, measure them correctly and reflect how things have changed from the past.

“And I think that’s a very sensible thing to do, because it’s not just major urban areas that need this extra investment.

“It’s also people in rural communities, it’s also people in cities and that’s what we’ve done, both as a government in the past, what I want to do as Prime Minister in the past. ‘coming.

“Level up across the country so that no matter where people live, they feel incredible opportunity and take pride in the place they call home.

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Only about a third of tonight’s viewers raise their hands when asked if they are “over 90% sure” of who they are backing in the leadership race with a month to go.

Sunak continues to try to undo the damage caused by the video footage which shows him saying he has diverted funds from deprived urban areas to prosperous towns.
He said, “I want to level up everywhere. And as you may have seen in a video clip online, I don’t believe this is just about our very large urban cities.

“I believe it’s about investing and leveling up in small towns, in rural towns, in coastal communities like the ones here in the Southeast.”

Sunak takes aim at Truss’ fiscal policies, which he says would deepen the inflationary spiral.
” We’re going [act] responsible by exercising discipline on financial services and our economy.

A protester interrupts Liz Truss’ speech during an election campaign in Eastbourne, as part of the campaign to become leader of the Conservative Party and next Prime Minister. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA

Dominic Raab introduces Rishi Sunak on stage.

On the Covid support he has offered, the Justice Secretary says: ‘When you needed him, Rishi was there for you.
“And I know that as we face another global challenge, fighting inflation, Rishi is the credible candidate with a credible plan to bring down inflation and cut taxes, but when it helps, don’t won’t hurt people.’ is not fair, it is not conservative.

On the issue of migrants crossing the Channel, Truss says she spoke to her French counterpart last week “to make it very clear that we expect French border guards to be working all the time in Dover to ensure that our border is protected”.

The interruption prompts Truss to offer her thoughts on what she says are “activists trying to disrupt our country and trying to disrupt our democratic processes and essential services.”

“I would legislate immediately to make sure we stand up to Extinction Rebellion…and I will never, ever allow our democracy to be disrupted by militant activists.”

Liz Truss is first on stage and is interrupted by a heckler holding a sign, who is booed by the audience and escorted out of the venue by security personnel.

Former government minister Nusrat Ghani backs Liz Truss

Nusrat Ghani announced that she supported Liz Truss during the hustings.

The MP for Wealden praises Truss’ ‘bold and conservative’ plan, insisting it will ‘defend the unity of our nation and protect peace in Northern Ireland’.

Due to his role on the 1922 Committee, Ghani could not endorse a candidate until this stage of the competition.

Tory MPs Jacob Young and Jake Berry clash on Twitter over this Sunak video. Expect this to be one of the main issues raised in the roundups.

Truss and Sunak will face off again in the roundups at 7 p.m.

The final Conservative Party leadership race takes place at 7pm in Eastbourne, you can follow all the action here.

Liz Truss has been accused by Labor of being ‘deeply irresponsible’ for threatening to change the Bank of England’s mandate on the brink of a recession.

Shadow Chancellor Rachel Reeves has attacked the Tory leader after Truss and her allies repeatedly questioned Bank Governor Andrew Bailey’s performance and said she would review the powers of the Bank. institution.

“This is deeply irresponsible of a Conservative leadership candidate. This creates enormous uncertainty that will hold back vital investment in our economy,” Reeves said.

Rishi Sunak defends himself by saying he withdrew funds from deprived urban areas

Rishi Sunak has defended his remarks after a video, shared with The New Statesman magazine, shows him telling grassroots Conservatives in Kent that he had worked to divert funds from ‘deprived urban areas’ to cities prosperous.
The former chancellor said today that it’s not just ‘large urban areas that need this extra investment’. He told Sky News: ‘It is true that these funding formulas are accurate, that they actually look at needs in different areas, measure them correctly and reflect how things have changed from the past.

“And I think that’s a very sensible thing to do, because it’s not just major urban areas that need this extra investment.

“It’s also people in rural communities, it’s also people in cities and that’s what we’ve done, both as a government in the past, what I want to do as Prime Minister in the past. ‘coming.

“Level up across the country so that no matter where people live, they feel incredible opportunity and take pride in the place they call home.

Former Tory cabinet minister Philip Dunne believes Rishi Sunak is the candidate who can “get people back to the Tories”.

The MP for Ludlow announced he was a Sunak supporter on BBC Radio 4’s PM programme, saying: “I did a survey of my constituents. I had 1,250 people respond and of the Conservative members about 250 responded, and they were 35% for Liz Truss and 33% for Rishi Sunak.

“But above all, 32% undecided. So I think that’s it for playing. I think what we need for the next Prime Minister is someone who will be able to unite the party and bring people back to the Conservatives, which we have lost in recent months.

“And I think based on the evidence from my poll, where it’s four and a half to one for those who didn’t vote Conservative in favor of Rishi Sunak, I’m going to support Rishi Sunak as prime minister. ”

A majority of Britons think Rishi Sunak would be the best candidate to end a recession, according to the latest YouGov poll.
When asked which of the leadership candidates would be best suited to end a recession, 19% of respondents chose Sunak, compared to 12% who said Liz Truss. However, almost half, 46%, answered “neither”.

Councils across England have written to the Health Secretary, Steve Barclay, warning that welfare reforms could push some local authorities ‘to the financial limit’ and force others to cut ‘vital council services’, reports ITV News.

The Local Government Association (LGA) has written a letter to Barclay calling for key reforms – such as an £86,000 cap on care costs and a new means-tested system – to be delayed for six months to alleviate urgently the pressure on the councils.

The letter, written on behalf of the LGA by David Fothergill, leader of the Conservative group at Somerset Council, and with the support of many other Conservative council leaders, says:

The serious and precarious nature of our current adult welfare system and the very real consequences of the current pressures on people seeking care and support are indisputable.

He adds that much of the immediate challenge “can be attributed to historic underfunding, which continues to this day at a significant level.”

The letter lists concerns about unpaid carers, providers closing or handing over contracts, and reductions in quality and choice.

Fothergill writes:

The lack of capacity of social services to provide the care people need has been repeatedly highlighted and the government must intervene.

If not, we can expect one of the harshest winters in recent times, with repercussions that will continue to impact people and their loved ones.

According to ITV News, government sources said while they wanted to work constructively with the sector, they did not accept the need to extend the timetable.

Gwyn Topham

Gwyn Topham

The executives employed by Railway network voted in favor of a 4% wage offer in a government move as a breakthrough in the wider rail strike dispute.

The Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association (TSSA) has confirmed that its management members have accepted the deal, which should ensure that a skeletal service will continue to operate during strikes scheduled for August.

The decision was announced the day after another 2,500 members of Network Rail’s TSSA confirmed that they would act alongside 40,000 members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers’ Union (RMT), including signallers and train operating personnel on Thursday August 18 and Saturday August 20.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said it was “fantastic news”, adding:

This acceptance by these TSSA members will mean that we will have strong and reliable emergency personnel for any future strikes and that we will be able to manage services for passengers and minimize disruption to the lives of ordinary people. .

Unions working with the industry rather than against it are the only way out of this dispute and a necessary step to end these destructive strikes and to put our railways on a solid footing for the future.

Read the full article here.




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