‘You have to try harder’: Rishi Sunak scolded by hospital patient over NHS salary
Rishi Sunak said he has no regrets handing over Suella Braverman as head of the interior ministry just six days after she resigned due to a security breach, insisting the interior minister Interior had learned from its mistakes.
The comments came during his first public visit as Prime Minister, to a hospital in Croydon where he was confronted by an NHS patient who urged him to “try harder” on nurses’ pay. “It’s a shame you don’t pay them more,” Catherine Poole, a 77-year-old recovering from an operation, told the Prime Minister.
Mr Sunak also dropped a campaign promise to the Tory leadership to fine patients who miss GP and hospital appointments, reneging on plans health leaders had warned that they would “make things worse”.
He pledged to put ‘fairness at the heart’ of the ‘tough decisions’ he will make to ‘fix’ the economic ‘mistakes’ made by his party, and insisted he was ‘fair’ for him to focus on “depressing” national challenges. , denying accusations of a “massive failure of climate leadership” by choosing not to attend the COP27 summit.
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Emily AtkinsonOctober 28, 2022 5:02 p.m.
Nicola Sturgeon at Cop27
Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon will attend COP27 in Egypt, it has been confirmed.
It comes as Prime Minister Rishi Sunak announced he would not attend the annual climate conference, citing the need to address national issues.
A Scottish Government spokesperson said: “Given the vital importance of governments working together to tackle climate change, the Prime Minister intends to attend COP27.
“Details of the ministerial program are being finalized.”
Emily AtkinsonOctober 28, 2022 4:45 p.m.
Northern Ireland Assembly elections to be called, government says
An election for the Northern Ireland Assembly, which has not run since May, will be called, the government promised without setting a date for the vote.
Northern Ireland Secretary Chris Heaton-Harris said he would provide more information next week and meet with the parties during this time.
“I hear it when parties say they really don’t want an election at all,” he said.
“But almost all of them are parties that have signed the rules, the law. That means I have to call an election so you can hear more about this particular point next week.
He added: ‘I will call an election’
Emily AtkinsonOctober 28, 2022 4:20 p.m.
Rishi Sunak says he has no regrets over Suella Braverman reappointment
Our political correspondent Peter Jon has more on Rishi Sunak’s comments insisting he has no regrets about reappointing Suella Braverman as Home Secretary just six days after she resigned over a security breach.
Asked during a visit to Croydon University Hospital if he regretted his appointment, he told broadcasters: “No, as I said, she accepted her mistake and got away with it. lessons, and I am convinced of it.”
“The Home Secretary admitted the mistake, she admitted she made a mistake, she took responsibility for it and that’s the right thing.
“Now, as I told Parliament earlier this week, she raised this with me when I discussed her reappointment as Home Secretary and I’m sure she learned from her mistake.”
Andy GregoireOctober 28, 2022 3:54 p.m.
Bank of England set to confirm biggest interest rate hike in 33 years
The Bank of England is set to unveil the biggest interest rate hike in 33 years next week as the central bank continues its push to tame inflation, Henry Saker-Clark reports.
The key Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) meeting comes amid warnings that spending cuts and tax hikes under new Prime Minister Rishi Sunak could lead to a deeper and longer lasting recession.
Most economists expect the MPC to raise interest rates by 0.75 percentage points to 3% at the meeting on Thursday, November 3.
This will be the Bank’s eighth consecutive jump in interest rates, but it will be the largest increase since 1989.
Andy GregoireOctober 28, 2022 3:43 p.m.
Exclusive: Conservative Party gets £3.6m from hedge fund tycoons and financial firms
A hedge fund mogul who hosted Kwasi Kwarteng for a champagne party hours after last month’s mini-budget is among dozens of wealthy financiers and businesses in the city who have donated more than $3.6million pounds to the Conservative Party this year, according to new analysis by The Independent revealed.
My colleague Matt Mather reports:
Andy GregoireOctober 28, 2022 3:30 p.m.
Sunak dodges nurses’ salary question
Rishi Sunak dodged a question from broadcasters about nurses’ pay after being confronted by a patient about it during his visit to Croydon University Hospital today.
Asked by reporters later if he was happy nurses weren’t getting a real pay rise, amid fears of industrial action, Mr Sunak said: ‘It’s great to be here at Croydon Hospital, to see the excellent work of the doctors and nurses here.
“One of my government’s priorities will be to tackle the Covid backlog and support the NHS. We face many challenges as a country, but I am confident we can fix the economy and deliver on the promise of the 2019 manifesto, including having a stronger NHS.
Andy GregoireOctober 28, 2022 3:14 p.m.
‘Our son is London’s prime minister’: Rishi Sunak’s Indian cousins kick off celebrations in Punjab
For Indian cousins and Rishi Sunak’s uncle, who live in Ludhiana, it has been an eventful week explaining the family tree that links them to the first “truly Hindu son of their soil” who has just entered Downing Street.
The family are thrilled to become mini-celebrities in India. They were also invited to organize a big party in the village of Jassowal, where Mr Sunak’s grandfather was born.
“We will invite many local politicians and all family members,” Mr Sunak’s cousin, Subhash Berry, told my colleague. Arpan Rai during an interview this week in Ludhiana:
Andy GregoireOctober 28, 2022 2:50 p.m.
No 10 says music in new Sunak promo video ‘definitely isn’t Gary Glitter’
The music used in a glitzy (and expensive?) new video promoting Rishi Sunak in his first week as prime minister is “definitely not Gary Glitter”, says No 10.
After the video was posted, Twitter users began to wonder if the music was from the debut single of the convicted pedophile, who was jailed in 2015 for sexually abusing three schoolgirls, charges he denied.
Rishi Sunak releases new promotional video
A Downing Street spokesperson said: ‘I have been reliably advised that this is stock music – it is definitely not Gary Glitter.
Andy GregoireOctober 28, 2022 2:22 p.m.
Sunak insists he’s ‘confident our party is ‘united’
Rishi Sunak has insisted the Tories are ‘united’ as he nears the end of his first week as prime minister, following fears in the days before his actual coronation that his party could be torn by infighting.
Asked by reporters whether the instability of recent weeks has anything to do with Brexit or whether there is an ongoing ‘civil war’ within the Tories, Mr Sunak said: “I am convinced that our party is united. It is united behind delivering on the promise of the manifesto on which we were elected, with very strong support, in 2019.
“What does this manifesto say? He says we want to have a stronger NHS, we want safer streets, we want better schools, we want to protect our borders and we want to level the economy across our country.
“That’s what unites and excites all conservatives, that’s what excites me and that’s what I want to deliver to the people of this country.”
Andy GregoireOctober 28, 2022 2:03 p.m.