Rishi Sunak Says He's 'Definitely Not' Interested In Being Prime Minister
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Rishi Sunak has revealed he is 'definitely not' interested in being Prime Minister. Watch him explain why here:
The chances are you may well have never heard of Sunak this time last year, but a side effect of the pandemic has been the brightening of the spotlight on politicians, which has redefined many as household names.
Chancellor of the Exchequer Sunak has been watched more closely than most.
As the man with his hands on the nation's wallet, he's been charged with supporting the country's economy and workforce, through the likes of the Furlough, Kickstart and Eat Out to Help Out schemes - earning himself the nickname 'Dishy Rishi' and almost half a million Twitter followers along the way.
However, it seems he has no interest in taking on the top job anytime soon.
Speaking to LADbible as part of our '5 Minutes With' series, which will begin later today (Sunday), the 40-year-old indicated he has enough on his plate as it is.
Enjoyed visiting a @Tesco distribution centre in Erith with @BorisJohnson today.
They've worked around the clock to keep shelves stocked, supply chains resilient and food delivered. Now they're hiring 16,000 new permanent roles to support the growth in online shopping. pic.twitter.com/rrHzWtgaND
- Rishi Sunak (@RishiSunak) November 11, 2020
Asked if he was interested in becoming PM, in light of speculation that he could become the first non-white leader of the country, Sunak said: "Definitely not, I have enough of a struggle just trying to do the job that I have and keep my head above water, quite frankly.
"It's probably worth bearing in mind, I'm not even the first non-white chancellor. Saj [Sajid Javid] had the job before me, he had that privilege.
"I think that says a lot about our country quite frankly. This is an unbelievably tolerant country where people like my family have been warmly welcomed, Saj's family have been warmly welcomed and integrated into society."
Sunak - a Hindu whose grandparents hail from Punjab, India - continued: "It shows that, you work hard, you contribute, you integrate and actually you can achieve your dreams and reach whatever it is you want to do.
"So hopefully Saj's example, my example, will be an example that others will look up to and make them feel good about what our country stands for and the opportunities that are possible for everybody, regardless of your background."