Brexit has triggered 'explosion' of investment says Rishi Sunak
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During his speech, the Chancellor announced the extension of job-hunting schemes with an extra £500million in funding as well as the launch of a new artificial intelligence scholarship programme which will be open to 2,000 young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. Mr Sunak, 41, was born in Southampton and gave the audience a more personal account of his character.
He said: “Pragmatism, fiscal responsibility, a belief in work, and an unshakeable optimism about the future, this is who I am, this is what I stand for.”
Mr Sunak’s net worth is estimated at £200million, and he is married to the daughter of the sixth richest man in India, who is estimated to be worth trillions.
Despite his recent decision to raise taxes for workers rather than introducing a wealth tax or a corporate tax rise, Mr Sunak claimed to sympathise with ordinary, hard-working families who find it difficult to save and are commonly underpaid.
The Chancellor made it clear he was against raising benefit payments and instead believes “in good work, better skills, and higher wages”.
In a plea that seemed to mimic Churchill, he said: “I believe that every person in this country has the potential to become something greater, and I know that we and only we, the Conservative party are the ones that can make that happen.”
But the British public is divided over whether Rishi Sunak would make a good Prime Minister.
Express.co.uk asked 2,671 readers whether Mr Sunak should take over from Boris Johnson, and only 20 percent of voters said he should, whilst a further 24 percent said he should one day become Prime Minister but not in the next term of parliament.
However, a large share of the voters, 51 percent, said that Rishi Sunak should never become Prime Minister.
One Express reader said: “The last thing we need is a multi, multi-millionaire who has absolutely no idea how ordinary people live” (username Sayasiseeit).
Voter Trevor Ammanford said Mr Sunak is “too handy with the tax increase button” whilst another added that he is happy to raise taxes but “only as long as it doesn’t affect him, his family, friends or work colleagues”.
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In a survey of party members conducted by Conservative Home, Mr Sunak has been voted fifth most satisfactory member of the cabinet, beaten by Liz Truss, Ben Wallace, Lord Frost, and Jacob Rees-Mogg.
In June and July, Mr Sunak had sat comfortably in second place after favourite Liz Truss in the Conservative Home league tables, and at the beginning of August, a poll collected by Express.co.uk also placed Mr Sunak as the second favourite to take over from Boris Johnson.
These results suggest that since the announcement of a 1.25 percent National Insurance tax rise, the Chancellor has gone down in the estimations of his peers and public.
Express.co.uk readers were much more inclined to back Liz Truss for next UK Prime Minister, describing her as a “dynamo” who has an air of Thatcher.
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