This Morning: Rishi Sunak grilled by Andi Peters
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Andi Peters and Rochelle Humes invited Rishi Sunak onto This Morning to discuss his plans for the country if he were to be elected as the new leader of the Conservative Party. However, Peters became exasperated with Sunak when he was forced to ask him three times about Boris Johnson’s resignation before the former Chancellor of the Exchequer answered.
Peters asked: “Did he take too long to stand down?”
Sunak replied: “At the end of the day I resigned and that was my decision.”
Interrupting, Peters repeated: “But my question, sorry Rishi let’s just talk normally did he take too long to resign?”
Once again Sunak avoided the question causing Peters to interrupt one last time.
Andi Peters grilled Rishi Sunak on Johnson’s resignation (Image: ITV)
Rishi Sunak had to be repeatedly pressed on his thoughts on Johnson’s decision to step down (Image: ITV)
The Prime Minister hopeful said: “At the end of the day there was a vote in parliament that almost the MPs said they didn’t have confidence in the PM. That happened, what was it a week before?”
“I don’t remember,” Peters hit back. “Hey Rishi, do you think the Prime Minister took too long to resign?”
Sunak said: “In the end that went on for a couple of days it was a bit odd.
“I think people were watching it wondering what was going on.”
This Morning viewers felt Andi Peters and Rochelle Humes didn’t grill Sunak hard enough (Image: ITV)
“Were you watching it thinking, ‘He needs to resign’?” Peters quizzed again.
“Not immediately no because he replaced me and he could have moved on,” Sunak answered.
“I think the thing that changed it was when 60 MPs resigned.”
Expressing his priorities if he becomes the next Prime Minister, Sunak stressed the importance of “getting a grip on inflation”.
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He pointed out it would cost the country greatly if the new Prime Minister “makes the wrong decisions in the next month”.
This Morning viewers weren’t entirely happy with the interview blasting Peters and Humes for not being hard enough on Sunak.
@leeleeCThomas tweeted: “What a p**s easy interview. No wonder Rishi agreed to do it #ThisMorning.”
@beccaismoi agreed: “Why are they not challenging him?! Neither of those 3 people sitting on that sofa know what genuine hard work really is. #ThisMorning.” (sic)
“It’s a shame that Eamonn and Ruth aren’t conducting this interview. #thismorning,” @MsMeesyTheMinx remarked.
@MrsO4life quipped: “These two are not capable of challenging Sunak. #ThisMorning.”
“Sorry but these two should not be doing this interview. It’s painful #thismorning,” @LindaABishh added.
This Morning airs on ITV on weekdays at 10am.
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