UK PM Sunak moves back to smaller flat above 10 Downing Street usually kept for chancellor of exchequer

LONDON: Rishi Sunak on Saturday gave insight into how his Indian wife Akshata Murty and daughters Krishna and Anoushka settle in life at 10 Down street little more than a week after he took office as British Prime Minister.
The Indian-born former chancellor overturned the norm by moving back to the smaller flat above 10 Downing Street, which is usually used as the home of the Chancellor of the Exchequer.
In an interview with ‘The Times’, he revealed that Chancellor Jeremy Hunt will use the larger flat above 11 Downing Street as he would appreciate the extra space with three children and also because his daughters loved their old house in the famous street. when he was Minister of Finance.
“We thought it would be good for him [Hunt] have that little bit of extra space, so I thought it was the right thing to do,” Sunak told the newspaper.
“But also, that was our home for two and a half years. It’s good for us to go back to where we used to be, the kids know that, the kids love it. It was the Nova home [Sunak family labrador] came to mind when we picked her up as a family,” she said.
“Everyone is very excited. I met Jeremy’s children last week. My daughters are excited because they know they have a Labrador like us. There are many children, many dogs,” she said.
The first British Indian headline at the famous address also shared the moment he heard about his predecessor. liz truss‘ accelerated exit after a disastrous mini-budget.
He was having lunch with his daughters at TGI Friday’s on Teesside in the North England when the announcement came and he decided to take the plunge after a call with his wife Akshata.
“I needed to talk to her about it. In a sense, I had moved on, I was thinking about what was next for me. I was getting stuck on it,” Sunak told the newspaper.
“I’m a big believer in public service. That’s why I wanted to do the job over the summer. I thought he was the best person to lead our country through what we all recognize will be tough times. Given what’s happened [with Truss’s premiership]I felt the same,” he said.
At 42, Sunak is the youngest British prime minister in 200 years and takes pride in being the first Hindu to hold the state’s highest office, with a statue of Ganesha adorning his desk.
“As chancellor, I was able to light my Diwali diyas on the steps of Downing Street. It said something wonderful about our country that that was possible, but also that it was no big deal. It was in a way my gosh this is great, but also that it’s just Britain. That’s what you’d expect from Britain. Hopefully it’s a source of collective pride across the country.”
With one of the most daunting inboxes of any new Prime Minister in front of him given soaring inflation and a turbulent economy, Sunak made a note of warning that the government would not be able to fix all the problems even as it pledged to restore confidence. in the ruling party.
“I fully recognize that trust has been damaged in recent weeks and months. I realize trust is not given, trust is earned. My job is to win back people’s trust. That’s what I’m going to do.” , said. she said.
“You have to make sure that while you do things, you do it in a fair and honest way with the people that, of course, no government can solve all the problems,” he added.


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