‘Greatest privilege’ Sunak vows to unite party in first speech

Rishi Sunak's first statement after being named as next PM

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Rishi Sunak has vowed to unite the Tory party in his first speech as Prime Minister, saying the job is the “greatest privilege” of his life “to be able to serve the party I love”.  He said he wants to “give back to the country I owe so much to”.  The new Conservative Party leader described the United Kingdom as a “great country” but warned: “There is no doubt we face profound economic challenges”. 

He added: “We now need stability and unity and I will make it my utmost priority to bring our party and our country together because that is the only way we will overcome the challenges we face.”

Mr Sunak was appointed leader of the party at 2pm today, after leadership hopeful Penny Mordaunt pulled out of the race at the last minute. 

They were fighting for the position following Liz Truss’ resignation last Thursday. 

Announcing that she would be pulling out of the race, Ms Mordaunt gave Mr Sunak her “full support”.

She called for the party to “unite and work together for the good of the nation”, adding: “There is much work to be done.”

Mr Sunak addressed MPs in a private meeting after being appointed as the next Conservative Party leader.

One Tory MP said his message to the party was “we must unite or die and deliver for our country”.


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