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Saturday, October 29, 2022

Rishi Sunak: A Quick Guide to the UK's New Prime Minister

 Rishi Sunak: A Quick Guide to the UK's New Prime Minister

He won after contesting the election for the second time this year

He lost to Liz Truss in September, but she resigned six weeks later. In the recent leadership contest, Mr. Sunak picked up the support of his fellow MPs early and fast. He surpassed the 100 nominations he wanted long before the deadline - including MPs who had previously backed Truss or Boris Johnson.

He 'predicted' financial problems under Truss

He clashed with the former prime minister during the previous leadership contest, claiming his plan to borrow money during the inflation crisis was a "fairytale" that would plunge the economy into chaos.

He is the son of immigrants

Her parents came to the UK from East Africa and are both of Indian origin. Mr Sunak was born in Southampton in 1980, where his father was a GP and his mother ran a pharmacy. He went to boarding school Winchester College, then studied philosophy, politics and economics at Oxford and business at Stanford in America. Now he is the first British Asian Prime Minister.

He has been an MP for only seven years

Mr Sunak was first elected as an MP in 2015 - for Richmond, North Yorkshire - but rose quickly, and was made finance minister - or chancellor - under Boris Johnson in February 2020.

He was in charge of the covid support cash

As Mr Johnson's chancellor, Mr Sunak was behind financial support during the lockdown - including furlough payments and an "eat out to help out" scheme for restaurants.

He is considered to be one of the richest MPs

His wife is Akshata Murthy, daughter of Indian billionaire Narayan Murthy. Mr. Sunak himself has worked at investment bank Goldman Sachs and two hedge funds. The Sunday Times Rich List estimated the couple's fortune at around £730m. He has two daughters.

He faced controversy over his wife's tax arrangements

Over the summer, it emerged that Akshata Murthy had not paid UK tax on her huge overseas earnings - which is legal. Mr Sunak defended his wife, saying it was "horrible to beat my wife with me" - but she eventually agreed to start paying the extra tax. We also found out that he had a temporary US green card, which allowed him to stay in America permanently while he was Chancellor of the UK.

He campaigned for Brexit and deregulation

"Free ports" are one of his long-time favorite ideas: areas near ports or airports where goods can be imported and exported without paying taxes, encouraging trade.

He really... wanted to be a Jedi

In 2016, he told a group of school kids that he originally wanted to be a Jedi Knight when he grew up. His favorite Star Wars movie is The Empire Strikes Back.

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