Voters don’t care how rich I am, Rishi Sunak says
British voters don’t care about how wealthy Rishi Sunak is, the Prime Minister claimed as he insisted he is unbothered by Sir Keir Starmer’s increasingly personal attacks.
The Labour leader has sought to focus attention on the Prime Minister’s family wealth and the former non-dom tax status of his wife, Akshata Murty.
But speaking during his trip to Japan for the G7 summit, Mr Sunak tried to brush off the criticism. Asked for his response to Sir Keir, he said: “I haven’t really actually focused on it or seen all of it. The bits at PMQs I probably hear but the rest of it I don’t. These things generally don’t worry me.”
He added: “I don’t think most people sitting at home actually are much bothered about these things either. What they care about is what am I doing for them to make their lives better. As I talked a lot about last summer, I think we’ve moved beyond judging people by what’s in their bank account. I think they’re interested in whether I’m going to deliver for them and their families.”
Mr Sunak was privately educated and worked as an investment banker at Goldman Sachs before entering politics.
But the bulk of his family wealth comes via Ms Murty, whose father founded the Indian outsourcing giant Infosys and who has a substantial stake in the firm. Their worth is currently estimated at around £529m by the Sunday Times, a fall of more than £200m compared to last year.
Labour Party chair, Anneliese Dodds, insisted that Mr Sunak’s personal wealth was not the problem with his leadership but said he was unable to understand the struggles of ordinary people.
She told Times Radio: “I think the big problem with Rishi Sunak is that he doesn’t seem to get it. He doesn’t seem to understand what it’s like at the moment for people who are really struggling, really, just to cover quick basic costs, people struggling to pay their mortgage, struggling to cover their rent, and he’s not done enough for them.
“And that’s my beef, frankly, with Rishi Sunak. It’s not about his family income or anything like that. It really is about his inability to actually understand the reality of most people’s lives at the moment.”