February 7, 2024


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Rishi Sunak, UK Politics Highlights: Sunak defends reappointing Braverman as Home Secretary; postpones announcement of plan to uplift economy to Nov 17

Rishi Sunak Prime Minister Highlights:  Britain’s new Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, according to Reuters, earned cheers from his lawmakers and plaudits from political commentators on Wednesday as he locked horns with the opposition Labour Party in parliament for the first time since becoming leader.

“My record is, when times are difficult in this country I will always protect the most vulnerable,” Sunak said to vociferous support from the Conservative benches in the House of Commons. “We did it in COVID and we will do that again.”

On the other hand, Britain postponed the announcement of a plan to repair the country’s public finances to November 17, new finance minister  Jeremy Hunt said. The delay was to ensure the right decisions are taken, Hunt told BBC.

The 42-year-old became Britain’s first Indian-origin and non-white Prime Minister after being invited by King Charles III to form a government. Sunak said that he had been appointed in part to fix the mistakes made by his predecessor Liz Truss and warned the country might have to face difficult decisions to overcome a “profound economic crisis”.

Soon after taking over as the Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak made key Cabinet appointments’ and decided to keep the new Chancellor, Jeremy Hunt, in place for economic stability. He brought back Indian-origin Suella Braverman as Home Secretary while James Cleverly will remain Foreign Secretary despite not being a Sunak loyalist.