North East UK news Rishi Sunak gloats about taking cash from 'deprived' areas in leaked vid PremierLeague-News.Com
PremierLeague-News.Com - The Prime Minister hopeful has also recently been called 'out of touch' after previously admitting he has no working class friends.
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Extraordinary leaked video footage shows Rishi Sunak bragging that he could funnel public cash from 'deprived urban areas' and give it to more affluent towns should he wish to do so. A clip recorded in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, at the end of July shows the ex-Chancellor saying that Labour's formulas targeting poorer parts of the country 'needed to be undone'. And in the same breath, he explained to Tory Party members that he had started to change these formulas, to ensure 'areas like this are getting the funding they deserve'. Labour's shadow levelling up secretary, Lisa Nandy, has branded the new revelation "scandalous" and said the Conservatives were "showing their true colours". Read more: Rishi Sunak vs Liz Truss - who would be the better Prime Minister for the North East? The Mirror reports that she added that public cash should not be used as a 'bribe' to Tory voters, with Mr Sunak's team saying that the quote had been taken out of context. The video, shared with The New Statesman, shows the Tory leadership candidate speaking to members in Tunbridge Wells, which has had a Tory MP since the constituency's creation in 1974. He said: “I managed to start changing the funding formulas, to make sure areas like this are getting the funding they deserve because we inherited a bunch of formulas from Labour that shoved all the funding into deprived urban areas and that needed to be undone. Lisa Nandy has branded the new revelation "scandalous" (Image: PA) "I started the work of undoing that.” With regards to the video, Foreign Office Minister, Lord Zac Goldsmith, said: "This is one of the weirdest - and dumbest - things I've ever heard from a politician." Friends of the Prime Minister hopeful claim that said clip was taken 'out of context', pleaing that he was focused on ensuring that rural areas got their fair share. They also confirmed that he had made changes to Treasury guidance. After the video emerged online, Ms Nandy, wrote: "This is scandalous. Rishi Sunak is openly boasting that he fixed the rules to funnel taxpayers’ money to rich Tory shires. This is our money. It should be spent fairly and where it’s most needed - not used as a bribe to Tory members. Talk about showing your true colours…" A campaign source said: "Levelling up isn't just about city centres, it's also about towns and rural areas all over the country that need help too. That's what he changed in the Green Book and he will follow though as Prime Minister.
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. That's what he'll deliver as Prime Minister." The Green Book - which is guidance issued by the Treasury - explains how to appraise policies, programmes and projects. It also gives advice on the design and use of monitoring and evaluation, before, during and after implementation.
Lord Zac Goldsmith, said: "This is one of the weirdest - and dumbest - things I've ever heard from a politician."
Supporter Ben Houchen, the Tory mayor of Tees Valley, posted on Twitter: "They should post the full clip, which would show @RishiSunak talk about the local council funding formula and how it discriminated against non metropolitan areas in favour of cities - by giving them less money for things like adult and children services, highways and fire." And MP Richard Holden, also a follower of Mr Sunak, added: "@RishiSunak tore up HMT orthodoxy with GreenBook changes & sees areas like Co Durham, #Teesside, South West etc re-prioritised." Last summer, The Mirror also reported that shameless Tories have handed some 83 per cent of a £610million boost for struggling towns solely to areas which have Conservative MPs. Ministers have repeatedly denied funnelling 'towns fund' cash into their own seats and target constituencies in an attempt to bribe voters. In a list of 26 towns benefiting from the fund, only four are represented by MPs of any other party. In March, Mr Sunak was forced to deny 'pork barrel politics', after the previous list of 45 towns getting £1 billion in communities cash, included 40 with at least one Tory MP. And a National Audit Office report released in July revealed 61 of the 101 towns in the first list, announced in 2019, were chosen by ministers led by Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick - and all but one of these were either Tory-held seats or targets. Meg Hillier, chair of the powerful Commons Public Accounts Committee, accused the Government of "cherry-picking" which areas received funds. After the leaked video was shared online, the SNP's Shadow Chancellor Alison Thewliss MP, said: "Rishi Sunak has been honest with Tory party members about his plans for the future, but not with the general public. Beyond the rhetoric, it's clear that regardless of who becomes the next Prime Minister, their goal is to make the rich richer and the poor poorer. "With the Westminster government failing to properly tackle the cost of living crisis, it's clear that Scotland needs the full powers of independence more urgently than ever, to properly protect households and build a fairer and more prosperous society." Read next: Nadine Dorries slammed for sharing 'dangerous' image of Rishi Sunak stabbing Boris Johnson in back PM hopefuls Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak set out vision for the North Jamie Driscoll and Northern mayors urge next Prime Minister to meet them on rail plan Tory leadership debate involving Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak stopped due to 'medical' incident in studio North East's levelling up fears as Boris Johnson slammed for 'deciding to go on holiday and play with jets'
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