‘Eye on becoming leader,’ says Sky News’ Beth Rigby, reveals a key message from Sunak’s address.
Rishi Sunak’s convention address was discovered by SKY News’ Beth Rigby, who said the Chancellor hinted at a future as Conservative leader.
Rishi Sunak’s convention speech was examined by journalist Beth Rigby, who said the chancellor certainly had “an eye on becoming the Conservative leader.” Mr Sunak presented his first speech as Chancellor to party members on Monday morning, arguing that, despite current supply chain disruptions, Brexit is in the UK’s “long-term” interests.
“Well, there’s loads of economics in that speech, but goodness me, there was a lot of politics in there as well,” Ms Rigby told Sky News’ Adam Boulton. “Wasn’t there something there?” That’s certainly a man who wants to be the Conservative Party’s leader one day.
“First and foremost, let’s talk about economic policy.
“There was a message about fiscal responsibility there, which he repeated four times in a short speech.”
“We need to fix our public finances,” he remarked to the conference hall, she continued.
“He mentioned that the national debt is nearly 100% of GDP and that’recovery comes at a cost.'”
“So I believe there’s a great focus there from the Chancellor on ‘yeah, we’re spending to get out of this recession, but we have to be careful with the public finances.'”
“And in his address, he drew a line between Labour and the Conservatives, but observant Number 10 Number 11 watchers would also notice the dividing line there between a Prime Minister who likes large projects, huge spending, ambitious ideas, and a chancellor who wants to keep an eye on the budget.”
“He didn’t disclose the huge schemes,” she continued. His main focus was on fiscal responsibility at the time.
“He also praised the austerity years of George Osborne and Cameron into May, and subsequently Johnson, which I thought was politically fascinating.”
“And you’ll recall that they’ve been trying to disavow austerity—we’re no longer the party of austerity—but there was a nod there to those conservatives who went before this current administration on the fact that, Rishi Sonico argued, protected the public finances.” “So I thought that was interesting politically again, a nod to fiscal responsibility, put some space between himself and Boris Johnson without ever actually saying it,” he said.
Rishi Sunak told party members that he was “glad” to have voted for Brexit.
He also indicated that he will be receiving more funding. “Brinkwire News Summary.”