Rishi Sunak defends himself after boasting about diverting cash AWAY from 'deprived urban areas'

Rishi Sunak has defended his remarks about how he took cash away from ‘deprived urban areas’ and gave it to more prosperous towns.

The former chancellor was filmed bragging that he had started changing public funding formulas when he was chancellor to ensure places like Tunbridge Wells receive ‘the funding they deserve’.

The New Statesman magazine, which obtained the video, said they were made to grassroots Tories in the Kent town on July 29. 

The Tory PM candidate’s comments drew a sharp backlash and lead him to try and save face, speaking to Sky News today, he said: ‘I was making the point that deprivation exists right across our country and it needs to be addressed.’

He said he was pleased at the work he was able to achieve and called the previous funding formulas ‘out of date’, insisting they failed to recognise rural areas properly.

It promoted criticism, with Foreign Office minister Lord Zac Goldsmith – a close ally of Boris Johnson – saying: ‘This is one of the weirdest – and…


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