Rishi Sunak

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Sunak in 2020

Rishi Sunak (born 12 May 1980) is a British politician who has served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and Leader of the Conservative Party since October 2022. Previously he served as Chancellor of the Exchequer under the Second Johnson ministry from 2020 to July 2022. He gained the appointment after the resignation of Sajid Javid in February 2020. He has been the MP for Richmond in Yorkshire since 2015.

He is married to Akshata Murty, the daughter of the co-founder of Infosys.





  • Now, more than any time in our history, we will be judged by our capacity for compassion.  Our ability to come through this, won’t just be down to what government or businesses do, but by the individual acts of kindness that we show each other. The small business who does everything they can not to lay off their staff.  The student who does a shop for their elderly neighbour.  The retired nurse who volunteers to cover some shifts in their local hospital. When this is over, and it will be over, we want to look back on this moment and remember the many small acts of kindness done by us and to us.  We want to look back on this time and remember how we thought first of others and acted with decency.  We want to look back on this time and remember how, in the face of a generation-defining moment, we undertook a collective national effort - and we stood together.  It’s on all of us.


  • And where the ECHR is an obstacle, I will tackle it. We voted to Leave [the EU] so that we could act as a sovereign nation. The ECHR cannot inhibit our ability to properly control our borders and we shouldn't let it. We need to inject a healthy dose of common sense into the system, and that is what my plan does.
  • As Chancellor, I funded the Government's Rwanda Policy because it is the right one, but it has to work. Crucially, we cannot waste large sums of taxpayers’ money on the policy only to fall at the first legal hurdle. I will make the policy work and will do whatever it takes to implement it and pursue additional similar partnerships.
  • I managed to start changing the funding formulas, to make sure areas like this are getting the funding they deserve because we inherited a bunch of formulas from Labour that shoved all the funding into deprived urban areas and that needed to be undone. I started the work of undoing that.
    • Leaked speech delivered in Tunbridge Wells, Kent (29 July 2022)
  • I’d like to pay tribute to Liz Truss for her dedicated public service to the country.
    She has led with dignity and grace through a time of great change and under exceptionally difficult circumstances, both at home and abroad.
    I am humbled and honoured to have the support of my parliamentary colleagues and to be elected as leader of the Conservative and Unionist Party.
    It is the greatest privilege of my life, to be able to serve the party I love and give back to the country I owe so much to.
    The United Kingdom is a great country, but there is no doubt we face a profound economic challenge.
    We now need stability and unity and I will make it my utmost priority to bring our party and our country together.
    Because that is the only way we will overcome the challenges we face and build a better, more prosperous future for our children and our grandchildren.
    I pledge that I will serve you with integrity and humility. And I will work day in, day out to deliver for the British people.


  • We're living through a time at the moment where inflation is high. That's having an impact on household and families' bills. I don't want to add that, I want to make it easier.
    So yes, we're going to make progress towards net zero but we're going to do that in a proportionate and pragmatic way that doesn't unnecessarily give people more hassle and more costs in their lives – that's not what I'm interested in and prepared to do.
  • [Asking if he would be visiting Scotland on the day of the interview using a private jet] I’ll be flying as I normally would and that is the most efficient use of my time. [...]
    But again I think actually that question brings to life a great debate here. If you or others think that the answer to climate change is getting people to ban everything that they're doing, to stop people flying, to stop people going on holiday, I think that's absolutely the wrong approach.

Quotes about Sunak[edit]

Quotes in alphabetical order according to author or source.
  • Rishi Sunak’s £330bn Tuesday bailout was rather better received – the scale of the package suggested there was some form of intelligent life in cabinet – but after two days of going through the fine detail, those MPs who were still coming to the Commons had come to the conclusion there was rather less to the chancellor’s plan than had met the eye.
  • My personal relationship with him is much better [compared with earlier PM, Boris Johnson]. He phoned me the day he became prime minister, gave me his personal number and we said we would work together on things like Ukraine, if there was a terrorist incident, God forbid, or security issues.
    But obviously, we would robustly argue with each other on everything else. So it is a different relationship, and a different relationship across the dispatch box.
  • Every time there’s been the threat of a rebellion he’s backed down. The one thing you get if you win the leadership of your party is the right to say ‘I’ve won the leadership and I’m going to do this, and we’re going to do it and this is what I’m saying we’re going to do with the party, and we’re going to do it’. He doesn’t have the ability to do that because he hasn’t got a mandate.

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