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Boris Johnson refusal to resign was ‘bit odd’, says Rishi Sunak

Boris Johnson refusal to resign was ‘bit odd’, says Rishi Sunak
Tory leadership says PM still ignoring his messages – as he criticises Truss over ‘lazy workers’ comments

Conservative leadership hopeful リシ・スナック said he found ボリス・ジョンソン’s attempt to hang on as prime minister after a revolt by government ministers “a bit odd”.

The former chancellor admitted he found it strange that Johnson refused to go for “a couple of days” even as dozens of cabinet members and junior ministers began to resign.

Sunak said he had “reached out” to Johnson since his resignation over パーティーゲート and “standards” helped spark a series of departures in early July – but said the PM was still ignoring his messages.

Asked on ITV’s 今朝 if he had spoken to Johnson, 彼は言った: "番号. 番号, I’ve reached out to him but understandably he’s not replied – that’s fair.”

Defending himself over accusations of disloyalty, the Tory candidate added: “But it wasn’t just me – at the end of the day 60 other members of the government all resigned as well.

Asked if Johnson took too long to resign, Sunak said: “In the end it went on for a couple of days – it was a bit odd.”

Sunak also insisted he “definitely” still has a shot at becoming the next PM despite the latest YouGov poll of Tory members putting rival リズ・トラス as the frontrunner by 66 パーセントから 34 パーセント.

Asked if he thought he could win the Tory race, the underdog told ITV’s 今朝: "はい, definitely … I’m really excited to keep going.”

Sunak also criticised Truss after leaked audio revealed that thought British workers were not working hard enough, saying they needed “more graft” – remarks described as “absolutely disgraceful” by Labour.

Asked whether he agreed with Truss’s lazy workers comments, Sunak said: "番号, I don’t that’s the issue at the moment. People are working their socks off to provide for their families.”

彼が追加した: “It’s no fault of theirs if there’s a war [ウクライナで] going on, that we’ve rightly decided to make a stand about, and that’s having an impact on energy prices.”

Sunak also promised “extra cash” for the most vulnerable this winter to ease the pain of soaring 光熱費, attacking Truss’ decision to prioritise tax cuts over more direct support during the 生活費 危機.

“If the government embarks on a spree of just borrowing tens and tens and tens of billions of pounds, that means inflation could get worse," 彼は言った. “It’s like putting fuel on the fire and that’s the mistake we made in the 70s, I don’t want to repeat that mistake.”

He also rejected Labour’s proposal to freeze energy costs as a “blunt instrument” that would not target those who do not need the support.

Sunak also claimed leadership elections should be about “under-promising and over-delivering – that’s how you restore trust in government and politics”.

彼が追加した: “That’s why in this leadership race I’ve not been making lots of easy promises that I think are false. I’d rather lose than say things I don’t think can be delivered – I’d rather be honest with people.”

それは、ティーズバレーのトーリー市長である Ben Houchen – Sunak の支持者 – が、失脚後、党は次の選挙でより悪い立場になるだろうと言ったからです。 ボリス・ジョンソン. 「彼を追い出すべきではないと思った," 彼が言った 電信.

Houchen said: 「保守党に初めて投票する人の多くは、完全に当惑しています。, 保守党がボリスを解任したことに混乱し、実際にはかなり動揺している」

Polls and focus groups have found evidence of “Johnson nostalgia” and lack of enthusiasm for either Sunak or Truss. The new YouGov study found that 55 per cent of Tory members think MPs were wrong to get rid of Johnson.

Education secretary James Cleverly also said he would have preferred the Tory race to have been “wrapped up quickly”, and suggested there should be a “review” to hasten leadership contests.

Asked by LBC radio if it was appropriate to hold weeks of hustings while the energy crisis continues, 大臣は言った: “I do think it is legitimate to look at reviewing that … I would have been happy if this whole process was over more quickly.”