UNITED KINGDOM: Rishi Sunak, the Conservative Party’s candidate for prime minister in Britain, has declared that he would prefer to lose the contest than win based on an untrue promise about how he intends to address the economic crisis.
The former British Indian Chancellor stated in a BBC interview that he was determined to assist the most at-risk families with the cost-of-living crisis and that he felt a “moral obligation to go further” and offer “additional help” during the winter.
It has emerged as the main point of contention between him and his opponent, Foreign Secretary Liz Truss, who has promised tax cuts that the former finance minister claims will benefit wealthy households rather than those who need them most.
Sunak, 42, remarked, “I would sooner lose than win on a false promise.”
“I’m motivated to assist citizens of this nation during what will undoubtedly be a challenging winter. My top preference is to never ask for money in the first place,” he added.
The topic of skyrocketing inflation and prices has dominated the agenda as the candidates continue to be questioned by Conservative Party members who will be casting ballots in the election in hustings around the UK.
In reference to his work as Chancellor during the COVID lockdown, Sunak reaffirmed in his BBC interview on Wednesday night, “People can judge me on my record.”
“People can judge me on my record,” he said. “Earlier this year, when bills were increasing by about 1,200 pounds, I made sure the most vulnerable received about 1,200 pounds.”
If elected Prime Minister, Sunak also pledged to “go further” than what he had already stated.
“I am aware that many people are concerned about inflation, notably the rising cost of their energy bills. The situation is worse than when I announced those steps earlier this year, so if I’m Prime Minister, I’ll go further in aiding those families who need it the most”, he said.
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