David Cameron says he ‘doesn’t feel sorry’ for Rishi Sunak having to defend Tory record in government

David Cameron says he ‘doesn’t feel sorry’ for Rishi Sunak having to defend Tory record in government

Lord David Cameron has said that he doesn’t feel sorry for Rishi Sunak in having to defend the Tories 14-year record in government.

Appearing on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme the foreign secretary was asked if he feels sympathy for Mr Sunak as he has to account for the premierships of Theresa May, Boris Johnson Liz Truss and Lord Cameron himself.

At the Sky News debate on Wednesday evening, Mr Sunak was grilled about the Tories’s record over the last 14 years in power and tried to defend himself by saying he had only been prime minister for 18 months.

Former prime minister Lord Cameron said: “What I feel about Rishi Sunak is that he’s a very capable prime minister.

“I don’t feel sorry for him because he’s a very effective prime minister who wants to go on doing his job.”

The foreign secretary also admitted that the latest polls don’t “look good” for the Tories, but added “they didn’t look very good in 2015 when I won the election”.

According to a YouGov survey of over 60,000 voters, Labour is expected to win a historic 194 seats, surpassing even the 179 seats they won in Tony Blair’s 1997 landslide.

When Lord Cameron appeared on ITV’s Good Morning Britain, he also supported Mr. Sunak’s contentious choice to depart D-Day celebrations early and cited the government’s history of providing assistance to veterans.

“Prime ministers have to make a lot of difficult decisions about who to see, when to go to things, and when to leave things,” he stated.

To be fair to Rishi, he attended the major ceremony in Portsmouth among all of the D-Day veterans in the United Kingdom. He also attended the major event over the British Normandy beaches, which was once more a stunning occasion where he encountered many veterans.

Then he departed to return to the UK, but not before admitting that he had erred and that he wished he had stayed. I believe that we should end it there. Due to his character, he made a mistake and, rather of taking offense and defending himself, responded, “Actually, no, no, I got that one wrong, I should have stayed.”

At the Sky News debate Mr Sunak repeated his apology for leaving D-Day commemorations early in order to record an interview with ITV.


Almost a week on from the commemorations, he said: “I was incredibly sad to have caused people hurt and upset, that was the last thing that I wanted to do. I hope people can find it in their hearts to forgive me.”

The prime minister’s decision drew the ire of 98-year-old Normandy veteran Ken Hay, who suggested the move “lets the country down”.

Lord Cameron also used his media round to channel his inner Gino D’Acampo when responding to a question about what he would do if the Tories lost the general election.

“My mother would be a bicycle if she had wheels,” he said. “I don’t answer questions that start with the word if.”

As his meal was compared to a “British carbonara,” Lord Cameron seems to be alluding to the occasion when the Italian chef said to Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby on their Morning show, “If my grandmother had wheels she would have been a bike.”

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