Rishi Sunak launches Tory leadership campaign
Video

Today, former Chancellor Rishu Sunak officially launched his campaign to become the next leader of the Conservative Party.

Sunak was one of the first MPs to resign from his cabinet job last week, triggering a domino effect of resignations that eventually led to the resignation of Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

Today, Sunak hosted a launch event in his bid to become the new leader and Prime Minister where he promised “openness” and Sky News political journalist Beth Rigby tested the promise almost immediately.

Rigby asked Sunak a probing question, reminding him that he also received a fine for lockdown parties and of the questions raised over his family’s tax affairs.

When Rigby said, “I have to say you’re an utterly corrosive figure in the Parliamentary party for a big chunk of it” she proceeded to be booed and jeered by Sunak’s supporters in the room for asking challenging questions.

A clip of the exchange was posted by advocacy group Best for Britain, which also claimed that “Sunak tried to leave event without taking a single question from any newspaper”.

They also suggested that Rigby's microphone may have been briefly cut out, though it’s unclear if that was a Sky News tech issue.

One person commented: “I didn’t realise that Sunak was campaigning to be President of the United Kingdom - look at that campaign material, the docile cheerleaders surrounding him & their hostility to challenging & important questions … it’s so depressing.”

Another said’ “They will all wobble under questioning, because they're all covered in corrupt s**t.”

In a separate tweet, another journalist revealed that they had been unable to get into the event and suggested Sunak perhaps “isn't keen on free speech”.

JohnCrace wrote: “So... I applied to be accredited to Rishi launch and was told venue full. Someone who applied after me has been allowed to go. You might think that Rishi isn't keen on free speech.”

Sunak’s launch comes on the same day that people rejoiced as Priti Patel confirmed she is not bidding to become the new leader.

Please log in or register to upvote this article
The Conversation (0)