Rishi Sunak says he won’t quit politics if he loses Conservative leadership race |  Political news

Rishi Sunak says he won’t quit politics if he loses Conservative leadership race | Political news

Rishi Sunak says he won’t quit politics if he loses Conservative leadership race |  Political news

Rishi Sunak says he won’t quit politics if he loses the race to become the next prime minister and leader of the Tories.

The former chancellor became the underdog of the contestalong with her rival, Foreign Secretary Liz Truss, continues to lead the polls of party members – who will ultimately pick the winner.

But he told the BBC there was “everything to play for” in the head-to-head, and even if he lost he would always remain a loyal Tory.

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On Wednesday, Mr. Sunak hit the headlines following an interview with the Spectator, where he claimed that scientists have too much influence over COVID decision-making in 2020 and it was a mistake to scare people about the need for lockdowns.

Afterwards, former Number 10 chief of staff Dominic Cummings – who was on duty during the pandemic – called the article ‘hazardous waste’ and said his comments ‘read like a man whose epically bad campaign has melted his brain and he is about to leave politics”. .

When asked if he planned his exit if he was defeated, Mr Sunak replied: “No. Absolutely not. Of course not. And I would dispute the characterization.

“I’m working incredibly hard traveling the country talking about my ideas for the future, and I’ve actually had a very positive reception where I’m going, and I think there’s a lot to play for.

“There are still weeks to go in this campaign, and that’s why I continue to give it everything I have.”

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Mr Sunak was also asked about his loyalty to the party after recently refusing to rule out voting against Ms Truss’ emergency budget, which she says she will unveil in September if she gets the keys to Number 10 .

Despite this, he told the BBC: “I would always support a Conservative government. Of course I would, that goes without saying.”

He added: “I believe very strongly in the Conservative Party, and I want it to succeed, and I will always support, whether as a minister or as a backbench MP, a Conservative government because I believe it is the best thing for this country.

“I want to make sure we beat Labor in the next election, so it goes without saying that that’s what I would do.”

Mr Sunak and Ms Truss will take part in their penultimate campaign in Norwich tonight, with another due in London next week.

Conservative Party members have until Friday September 2 to vote, with the winner to be announced on Monday September 5 and expected to replace Boris Johnson in Number 10 the following day.

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