Farage explains reason new PM Sunak will be a disaster for Tories

Nigel Farage says Rishi Sunak is a 'disaster' for Conservatives

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Nigel Farage has raged at the election of Rishi Sunak as the new Prime Minister and leader of the Conservative Party, arguing that “nothing is going to change”. Mr Farage suggested that while the former chancellor may be “respectable”, he lacks the “pazazz” necessary to appeal to voters in the red wall and, ultimately, will lose a lot of backbenchers their seats in an upcoming general election. He accused Mr Sunak of being unable “to go and talk to people”, going so far as to suggest the politician lacks “humanity”. 

Mr Farage said: “Nothing is going to change. That is their definition of stability. But here is the big reason why Rishi is a disaster for the Conservatives. 

“He cannot connect with ordinary, working-class voters in the red wall. He spends more heating his swimming pool while they cannot afford to heat their homes. 

“Not necessarily that being rich is a disqualifier, but he cannot even go and talk to people. Not that there’s anything wrong with being a teetotaller but can you imagine Rishi sitting down in a working man’s club in Doncaster and talking to the gang? I can’t and I am sure you cannot either. 

“There is no humour; there’s no humanity. He may be respectable, he may be decent; he does not have the pizazz. You can kiss goodbye to the red wall. It is gone. Virtually every one of those seats will go.

“And in terms of the Eurosceptics, in terms of those fighting for Conservative principles, all of that is also out of the window. You will get none of that with Sunak.” 

Rishi Sunak completed a spectacular political comeback to become the next Prime Minister on Monday less than two months after he lost a summer contest to Liz Truss. 

Mr Sunak will be the UK’s first Hindu prime minister, the first of Asian heritage, and the youngest for more than 200 years at the age of just 42.

He will be formally appointed to the role in a handover of power overseen by the King within the coming days. The King was understood to be travelling to London on Monday afternoon from the private royal estate of Sandringham.

He now has the daunting task of leading the nation through an economic crisis only exacerbated by the chaotic legacy of Ms Truss, who was ousted after only 44 days in office.

One of Mr Sunak’s first challenges will be to show he can control a Conservative Party that has a large majority in Parliament but is riven with factions that differ on key issues like Brexit and immigration, as well as economic management.

Higher taxes will be strongly opposed by some in the party; others will oppose spending cuts in key areas like health and defence.

Winning the leadership contest is only the first step in uniting a party that has ousted its last two leaders over internal differences, and spent years arguing with itself over how to leave the European Union.

Mr Sunak supported Brexit in the 2016 referendum but is still seen by some on the right of the party as too sympathetic to the European Union.

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And while the pro-Brexit European Research Group has pledged to back Mr Sunak, it is unclear how swiftly he will be able to resolve the prevailing issue. 

The trade dispute with Northern Ireland is still being negotiated with Brussels and Mr Sunak will face pressure to get a deal that rewrites parts of the initial exit agreement without conceding to a lasting EU say over trade between Britain and Northern Ireland.

He will also face calls to follow through on government promises to control immigration into the country, an issue which many Conservative lawmakers see as critical to winning over voters at the next election.

Mr Sunak will now have roughly two years to unite the party and change the minds of an electorate that, according to the polls, would prefer a Labour government. 

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