Rishi Sunak’s first speech in 2023 amid crisis

'This is a personal matter...': Rishi Sunak's first speech in 2023 amid crisis

Excerpts from Rishi Sunak’s speech were released on Tuesday night.


British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak will lay out his priorities for 2023 on Wednesday, using his first speech of the year to try to reassure his volatile Conservative Party that he has what it takes to lead them to the next national election.

After a failed bid to become prime minister last year, Sunak took the job after his predecessor and one-time rival, Liz Truss, was forced to resign in October after just 44 days. when the market rejected her unfunded tax cut plan.

Since then, Britain has faced a myriad of problems – thousands of workers have gone on strike over pay, health services are in crisis, inflation hovers around a 40-year high and Economists see Britain as falling into a protracted recession.

Wednesday’s speech will be a statement of intent as well as an answer to critics who doubt whether the man, who lost to Truss in the Conservative leadership race in September, have what it takes to help the party win the next election.

Billed by the Downing Street office as a speech to set out his priorities for the coming year and ambitions for a better future for England, Sunak, 42, will make a pledge long-term performance of problems such as low math learning rates.

“This is personal to me. Every opportunity I get in life starts with the education I’ve been very fortunate to have,” he will say, setting a new ambition to ensure that all High school students in England learn some form of math by age 18.

“And that’s the single most important reason I got into politics: giving every child the highest possible standard of education… With the right plan – the right commitment to excellence – – I see no reason why we can’t compete with the best education systems in the world.”

In excerpts of the speech released Tuesday night, his office revealed a little more about its plans beyond introducing math to all students up to age 18 to improve their ability to learn. poorly calculated, which the OECD describes as affecting “particularly large proportions of adults in the UK”.

But Sunak, who has highlighted his humble beginnings against critics of his former hedge fund partner’s wealth, is sure to go further to outline how he will achieve his goals. which he posed on New Year’s Eve on Twitter.

He then said he wanted people to feel proud of their country, worry less about inflation, energy bills and the National Health Service, and believe in fairness, which he said could be achieved by tackling illegal migration.

The speech won’t come too soon for those in his ruling Conservative Party, who see little chance of winning the next election, scheduled for 2024.

With the opposition Labor Party leading in opinion polls, a number of Conservative lawmakers and ministers have for weeks been calling on their leader to act and lay out his vision to trying to pull England out of its vortex.

(Except for the title, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from an aggregated feed.)

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