Rishi Sunak mocked Boris Johnson, Nadine Dorries, Liz Truss and Matt Hancock in a speech to political journalists tonight.
The Prime Minister was addressing a packed Westminster correspondents’ dinner in central London made up of journalists who work in the Parliamentary lobby.
Mr Sunak was introduced by the Daily Express’s Political Editor Sam Lister who is chair of the parliamentary gallery at the dinner in the old Liberal Club reading room in the Royal Horse Guards Hotel.
He wasted little time in laying about political rivals who have caused him misery since he enterned nNumber 10 a year ago.
Mr Sunak took aim at his predecessors Mr Johnson and Ms Truss, as well as former culture secretary Ms Dorries and ex-health secretary Mr Hancock, in his 10-minute after-first course speech.
The PM made a gag about karaoke sessions at the upcoming Tory conference in Manchester.
He said: “I have heard on the grapevine that Nadine and Boris are doing Nothing Compares 2 U. Liz Truss is apparently covering Shaggy’s It Wasn’t Me.”
In reference to his height, Mr Sunak went on: “I will be performing Elton John’s classic Tiny Dancer.”
In a further swipe at Ms Truss, whose premiership lasted just 49 days, Mr Sunak said: “It has been quite the year in British politics.
“We’re almost a year to the day on from what we might euphemistically call ‘the events that led to my becoming prime minister’.”
He said he had been glad to see the Conservative politician “quietly reflecting… not least on who is to blame”.
The dig comes just days after she gave a speech defending her brief time in No 10.
He suggested that she had managed to blame a number of acronyms but missed out her favourite thinktank the IEA (Institute of Economic Affairs) which has been critical of his policies.
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With the audience in laughter, the Prime Minister also made fun of Mr Hancock, who lost the Tory whip over his appearance on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! earlier this year.
Mr Hancock, who has attracted attention for his use of social media app TikTok, also appeared on Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins.
Mr Sunak said: “Arguably looking back over this tumultuous year, no-one has had a busier year than Matt Hancock.
It’s hard to keep up – I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here, Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins.
“And that’s just one reason why I’m so proud to have introduced the Online Safety Bill.
“It is designed to prevent the spread of harmful, malicious and undignified content – just like a 44-year-old former health secretary lip syncing to a Barbie song on TikTok.”
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