Rishi Sunak admits ‘tough days’ after general election campaign launch | Politics News

Speaking to reporters traveling with him, the prime minister said he was “prepared for the fight” and was “absolutely” enjoying the campaign. Asked about a promise made to the mother of a Manchester attack victim before calling the vote, Sunak said he would introduce the new law if he won.

By Sam Coates, Deputy Political Editor @SamCoatesSky


Friday 24 May 2024 16:39, United Kingdom

Rishi Sunak has admitted to having had “tough days” as he says he is excited about the campaign and will win.

Speaking to journalists on the flight from Belfast to Birmingham, the Prime Minister He insisted he was “prepared to fight” this campaign and is “absolutely” enjoying it.

When asked if he was going to win, he said, “Damn.”

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The prime minister surprised the nation and his party after his decision to call a choice on Wednesday, and immediately embarked on an inaugural campaign tour of the United Kingdom’s four nations.

However, he gave a glimpse into the challenges he felt while speaking to broadcasters during the flight. He was asked about the decision by Craig Mackinlay, the conservative MP for South Thanet, who will resign at the next election after having his hands and feet amputated due to sepsis.

Mackinlay had hoped to run again, but He said early elections made it impossible.

Commenting on the news, the Prime Minister also hinted at his own challenges: “Every time I am going through my difficult days, I think about what he has been through and the courage and resilience he has shown.

“All of us can learn something from that and be inspired by it.”

However, he said he was prepared for the fight ahead.

“You’ve been here two days. I’m ready for the fight. I’ll work very hard, you know that. I love doing this. I’ve been doing this since the beginning of the year,” he said. .

“I’ve been out two or three days a week since the beginning of the year. And I love it. I love talking to people, I love having discussions. I love having Q&As with people. Answering their questions. Making sure they know What is it about.

“I’m sure that over the next six weeks we’re going to have a very good conversation as a country about the future we want.”

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I was interested in pointing out the amount of campaigning you’ve already done.

“I’m excited. You’ve been with me well, we started in the East Midlands yesterday, not Wednesday night, I slept in the East Midlands, right?

“Look yesterday, East Midlands, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, back to the Midlands. Tonight I’m spending a night in my own bed.”

Meanwhile, Mr Sunak was pressed on whether put a smoking ban for those born after 2009 in the manifesto.

“Let’s not get ahead of ourselves, there will be a manifesto,” he said, but declined to comment on the content of the document.

Sunak was recently unable to force Tory MPs to vote in favor of smoking legislation due to the scale of the rebellion in Tory ranks, including former Prime Minister Liz Truss.

The prime minister has come under pressure after promising Figen Murraymother of a Manchester attack victim, would introduce a new law to force venues to undergo terrorist training before recess.



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Figen Murray, mother of Martyn Hett, victim of the Manchester Arena attack, in Downing Street. Photo: PA

Sunak said he would continue to do so if he won the election.

“I am committed to implementing that law before the summer recess, and that will still be possible.

“The elections will take place in the first week of July, parliament will reconvene immediately afterwards, so there will still be time to hold them before the summer recess and that is what I remain committed to doing, and we have done all the preparation work.

“And I had a very constructive conversation with Figen and I actually start by paying tribute, as I told him at the time, to his bravery in the face of the tragedy that happened to his family, and then having campaigned for positive change.

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“As I said in parliament a few weeks ago, one of the most inspiring things about doing my job is meeting people like her.

“So the work is already done on the bill; she also met the Home Secretary after seeing me; James (Cleverly) was with me when I saw her to explain some of the details, and he will be ready to present it on July.”

Speaking to Sky News, Murray said she didn’t feel like she had been lied to, but she did feel “cheated”.

But he said he “felt empathy” with the prime minister as he could not tell him he was about to call an election.