Tory leadership hopeful visits the local area as contest hots up
Rishi Sunak goes walkabout in Chelsea with Greg Hands
Greg Hands MP has given his support to Rishi Sunak in the Conservative leadership
The former Chancellor was in the Chelsea and Fulham constituency recently to do a tour of the local area. Mr Hands has supported his bid to be party leader since Boris Johnson was forced to step down.
The pair visited Chelsea and Westminster Hospital where they met surgeons, GPs and disability campaigners. Mr Sunak has raised the issue of the NHS saying that the service was in crisis because of shortage of staff calling the situation an emergency.
His opponent Liz Truss is arguing for a scrapping of the National Insurance rise and tax cuts in general should she be chosen by Tory party members as the next Prime Minister but Mr Sunak believes this cannot be done without affecting services including the NHS.
Mr Hands said that he felt local people were warm to Mr Sunak as he was shown around the area, adding, “Rishi has the best economic policies to ensure that the NHS continues to be well funded. His father was a GP, and his mother a pharmacist, so he understands healthcare. I took him to the World’s End Estate, where he met local residents who stopped for a chat and selfies. And we met the leaders of the Chelsea Muslim Centre, popped into the Chelsea Theatre, as well as local Councillors and campaigners.
“I believe that Rishi Sunak is the best candidate to beat Labour and turn our economy around. He represents a return to traditional Conservative economic values. He understands that we have to get a grip on inflation, then continue our economic growth, and lead to tax cuts.
“I believe that only Rishi can beat Labour and deliver a historic fifth general election victory. People trust him and know he’s competent. Every single pollster shows Rishi is the most popular candidate with the public. Every poll shows only Rishi beats Keir Starmer. Only Rishi wins remain and leave voters. And only Rishi wins the North and the South.”
He added that Mr Sunak is seen as the best candidate in most Conservative held seats and his proven track record including initiating schemes like furlough during the pandemic and that is why he has chosen to support him for Prime Minister.
The most recent poll among Tory party members by YouGov suggests that 62% will vote for her with only 38% supporting Mr Sunak who will be hoping that televised debates will swing the contest in his direction.
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July 25, 2022