Budget 2021: Tory MPs 'fed up' with Rishi Sunak says Watt
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Political Editor Nicolas Watt has revealed that many MPs are growing weary of Chancellor Rishi Sunak “showing off all the time”. Mr Sunak unveiled his Autumn Budget in the House of Commons on Wednesday, setting out the Government’s tax and spending plans for the year ahead. Speaking on BBC Newsnight, Nicholas Watt said: “Lots of gags among Tory MPs that Rishi Sunak was entitled to append his trademark signature to this budget, but that it was actually written by Boris Johnson.
“And you heard right towards the end of the budget statement in my film there, Rishi Sunak saying that it is his ‘goal to reduce taxes towards the end of this Parliament’.
Newsnight presenter Kirsty Wark asked: “But what is the response being both on the front benches and the backbenches?
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Mr Watt replied: “Well, I was struck sitting in the chamber, how there were sort of no overwhelming chairs until right at the end when he talked about lowering taxes.
“So there are some Conservative MPs who are really concerned about that increase in spending.
“Interesting Robert Jenrick, who was recently sacked from the cabinet is a big ally of Rishi Sunak. Shout him with praise for taking us through the pandemic.”
He added: “I spoke to one minister who said that they speak for many ministers and this person told me, ‘we’re getting a bit fed up with Rishi Sunak showing off all the time’.
“’All those tweets with his personal signature. Rishi Sunak seems to think that this is all about him’.
“Then this minister said to me, ‘we’ve all been watching the Blair Brown documentary and that should serve as a warning of what can happen when our Chancellor thinks it’s all about them’.”
Chancellor Rishi Sunak unveiled the contents of his Budget in the House of Commons yesterday.
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