During a sit-down interview, she said: “You haven’t got a mandate for your country, you haven’t got a mandate from your own party, you’re now making huge decisions about scrapping part of HS2 without anyone – apart from a core of your own MPs – giving you this job.
“If you are really serious about the long-term, why don’t you just go to the country?”
Sunak replied: “Because that’s not what the country wants! I go out and about every day; it’s not what anybody wants.
“What people want is politicians making a difference to their lives.
“I think the British people are completely and squarely behind my approach to net zero.”
Rishi Sunak has told Sky's @BethRigby that a general election is "not what the country wants", as well as insisting he is unafraid of going to the polls.\n\nRead more: https://t.co/cw5AHzV9r5
Thankfully, Rigby was quick to bring it back to that topic, offering a brutal assessment in response.
She said: “You’re afraid of an election. You’re afraid of the election ‘cause you’ll lose.”
Seemingly forgetting that he reportedly plans to scrap delivering the northern arm of HS2, Sunak replied he was “just getting on with delivering for people”.
He also suggested he believes he will still be PM and Conservative Party leader by the time the next party conference comes around next year, adding that his government has got “lots to get on [with] and deliver”.
Pressed on whether he will remain in post after the next election, he continued: “Of course. I’m working very hard to deliver for the country, Beth.”
Yet X users were immediately on hand to point out to Sunak that they were quite up for a general election, with #GeneralElectionNOW trending at number four on the social media platform’s UK trends list.
"That's not what anyone wants". Just to confirm: I personally really really want it.