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UK PM race: Sage Sunak’s California references could affect chances

London: Former chancellor of the United Kingdom and hopeful for the position of prime minister Rishi SunakIts team feels its mention in Silicon Valley California The early campaign to succeed Boris Johnson as British prime minister could affect his chances in the Conservative Party leadership race.
‘The Daily Telegraph’ quoted sources in Sunak’s Ready 4 Rishi campaign team as claiming that when he mentioned California for the third time in less than 10 minutes they sensed things were not going well.
On stage at one of the early hustings in Eastbourne on August 5 to vote Tory members between Sunak and Foreign Secretary Lees. trussThe former British Indian minister responded to a question about the career he would choose as a young graduate by reflecting on the “culture” of initiative he saw while living on the West Coast of the United States between 2004 and 2006.
“I find it incredibly inspiring and empowering. If I were a young man, I would want to go and do something like that,” he replied.
Staff at his campaign headquarters in central London felt his focus on California showed he was out of touch and summed up his failure to win over grassroots Tory members as polls showed members backing Truss by more than two to one.
“People are starting to say it’s not going to happen now and he’s not connecting with voters at home,” a campaign source told the newspaper.
“He kept talking about California and technology. It became an open secret in the campaign that he wasn’t going to win. These hustings were the point where things really took a turn because everyone started to realize it,” the source said.
Sunak’s “blockbuster effect” was felt in the early stages of his leadership run when he was the front-runner among his fellow members. parliament As the campaign progressed to the wider Tory base, it began to fizzle out and he is now trailing by more than 30 points in the polls and expected to lose heavily.
MPs who spoke to ‘The Telegraph’ pointed to the decision on July 27 to promise to cut VAT on the energy bill – weeks after scrapping it as chancellor – as an example of what could be seen as a failure to set a clear narrative. Tory members at the start of the campaign.
The move was interpreted as a U-turn that showed Sunak was not serious about his commitment to being a hockey player financially, even in the face of a cost-of-living crisis.
“His whole campaign was built on not cutting taxes until the time was right, and now he’s saying: ‘Lo and behold, I announced the right moment. It’s like, God, what do you think? You can’t have your cake and eat it,'” one The MP told the newspaper.
The report reflects how Sunak travels by car rather than by helicopter as his rival Liz Truss.
A sweet-toothed Sunak is often seen snacking on a bag of chocolate bites by her staff, and a recent photo shows her curled up, her head resting on a backpack, as she naps between engagements.
But despite this down-to-earth appeal, the self-described tech fanatic can’t shake the accusation that he is “addicted to Twitter” and has failed to connect with the largely elderly members of the Conservative Party.
One Sunac-supporting MP said his party had “played with clichéd notions of what membership is”, putting together a campaign of policy ideas that were “the worst of all possible worlds”.
However, loyalists point to the fact that turnout is expected to be low, around 65 percent, and question the polling system that consistently shows Truss ahead by more than 30 points. Also, the focus on rising energy bills is now a key campaign factor that could favor the former chancellor’s move to target support for families.
“The cost of energy thing is such a dominant feature that what was discussed earlier in the campaign is now somewhat irrelevant,” said one Sunac loyalist.


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