The Conservative leadership hopeful was torn apart for resigning from Boris Johnson’s cabinet which lead to toppling of the Prime Minister. Matthew from West Yorkshire was applauded by the audience after he called out Rishi Sunak’s actions suggesting that he was on another planet. Matthew said: “Rishi Sunak, you’re a good salesman and you have many strong attributes but many people continue to support Boris Johnson who has delivered consistently through treacherous waters.
“Many people unfortunately see that you’ve stabbed him in the back.
“He’s the man who made you as a senior politician and some people don’t want to see that in Number 10.
“You’re going to have to take the party and the country through another general election and I’m not quite sure entirely which planet you’re on.
“How do you expect to take the party through the next general election based upon on those actions?”
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Mr Sunak replied: “Thank you Matthew for asking the question. Why did I resign? It was a very difficult decision and not one I took lightly.
“I’m very grateful to the Prime Minister for giving me the job of Chancellor but as you also saw over the past two and a half years, I gave my everything to that job.
“I’m proud of my record as Chancellor delivering for this country and delivering for all of you.
“I was also proud to be part of his Government that achieved many things.
Asked what he would say to those members, Mr Sunak said: “I’d say to them that I think close to 60 people resigned in Parliament and it’s incumbent on the Prime Minister to have the confidence of the parliamentary party, and that wasn’t there at the end.
“So whether he’s on the ballot or not, ultimately you need to be able to command the confidence of your MPs in Parliament, and we got to a point where close to 60 of them had resigned from Government.”
Meanwhile, Liz Truss has said she will be Ukraine’s “greatest friend” if she becomes prime minister, following in the footsteps of Boris Johnson.
The Foreign Secretary vowed to double down on support for Ukraine and to make President Volodymyr Zelensky her first foreign leader call if she becomes the next No 10 occupant.