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Exclusive: Tory MPs Pile Pressure On Rishi Sunak To Ease The Cost Of Living Crisis

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Tory MPs Pile Pressure On Rishi Sunak To Ease The Cost Of Living Crisis

If Rishi Sunak had any doubts that the shine has gone off his reputation among Tory MPs, the last few weeks will have removed them entirely.

Once seen as Boris Johnson’s heir apparent, the chancellor saw his popularity nosedive recently over an underwhelming Spring Statement and revelations about his wife’s tax affairs.

HuffPost UK has learned that Sunak has been meeting with groups of Conservative backbenchers to get their views on how he should tackle the cost of living crisis, and they have not been holding back.

“He’s not the golden boy any more,” said an MP who attended one of those gatherings last Monday night. “There were around 30 of us and we gave him a hard time.”

Sunak’s answers to their forceful questions failed to assuage their anger.

“He came across as making excuses for the state of the economy,” one former cabinet minister told HuffPost UK. “The most wounding criticism was that it isn’t clear what the government’s economic policy is.

“Some people brought up the fact that at least David Cameron and George Osborne had their ‘long-term economic plan’ and it was consistent. If tough decisions had to be made, they were made in that context.

“What is this government’s economic policy? No one has any idea.”

This uncertainty is typified by the chancellor’s will-he-won’t-he approach to a windfall tax on the enormous profits currently being enjoyed by oil and gas companies.

Thanks to the global spike in energy prices, the likes of BP and Shell have posted astronomical earnings, leading to Labour........

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