CREDIT: David Rose for the Telegraph

Rishi Sunak, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, addressed several key issues in an interview with The Telegraph. One notable concern for the Conservative Party is the potential return of Nigel Farage leading Reform (formerly the Brexit Party). Sunak warned of the impact of a Farage comeback, expressing concerns that it could attract disaffected Conservative voters and potentially benefit Labour in the upcoming election.

Sunak positioned the next election as a crucial choice between him and Keir Starmer, emphasizing, “The choice at the next election, either I’m going to be Prime Minister at the end of it, or Keir Starmer is going to be Prime Minister at the end of it.”

The discussion touched on immigration, with Sunak defending the Rwanda legislation aimed at addressing deportation flights for illegal migrants. He argued that voting for any party other than the Conservatives would empower Starmer, potentially leading to a “cozy sweetheart deal with the EU” and increased migration.

Tax cuts remained a central theme in Sunak’s commitment, with plans for reductions both before and after the upcoming election. He highlighted recent tax cuts, such as the 2p National Insurance reduction, as evidence of the government’s dedication to prioritizing tax reduction, funded by curbs on benefits and other government spending.

Sunak emphasized the contrast between the Conservatives and Labour on economic policies, focusing on controlling public spending and welfare for a more efficient public sector. He stated, “My priority is cutting taxes, not more government spending,” targeting taxes “on work” as a guiding principle.

The interview covered various topics, including business leaders’ concerns about red tape. Sunak encouraged specific examples to address these issues, demonstrating his willingness to personally examine and address individual pieces of regulation.

On a more personal note, Sunak shared details of his Christmas break, expressing joy at spending time with his family in North Yorkshire and supporting his childhood football club. As the political year begins, Sunak’s interview sets the stage for the Conservative Party’s priorities, addressing potential challenges and reinforcing their commitment to economic policies centered on tax cuts.

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