Rishi Sunak says he is 'fired up' to win next election despite Labour's 20 point poll lead

Rishi Sunak
Rishi Sunak declares he is "fired up" to win the next general election despite trailing Labour in the polls
Christopher Hope

By Christopher Hope

Published: 08/09/2023

- 22:30

Updated: 08/09/2023

- 22:33

Sunak said he was 'hungry to win'

Rishi Sunak has declared that he is "fired up" to win the next general election despite trailing Labour in the polls by 20 points.

The Prime Minister said he was "entirely confident that we can win the next election" and pointed to the Tory party's surprise win in the Uxbridge and South Ruislip by-election two months ago.

Speaking to reporters at the G20 in Delhi, India, Mr Sunak said: "We’ve got plenty of time between now and the next election, I’m not complacent, there's lots of work to do but I’m entirely confident we can deliver for people."

Mr Sunak pointed to a new team of advisers he had brought into 10 Downing Street as evidence of his determination to win the next general election.

Rishi Sunak and Narendra ModiRishi Sunak will meet Modi in Delhi ahead of the G20 summitPA

"I can tell you - certainly in Downing Street - we are fired up," he said.

"As you can see we’ve brought some new people in, some of you will know them, these are very high quality people that are joining the team because they believe that we will win.

"They are hungry to win, I am hungry to win, and they are fired up to deliver it."

Pointing to the Uxbridge by-election win for the Tories, he said: "That is not a by-election any of us expected us to win, mid-term by-elections are always difficult for incumbent governments, particularly the circumstances of all those by-elections made them particularly challenging - but in that by-election when voters were confronted with an actual choice between us and the Labour Party on an issue of substance, what did they do? They voted for us.

"That’s what a general election looks like, it’s an actual choice between two alternatives on a set of issues of substance.

Rishi Sunak talking to reporters on the plane to India yesterday\u200bThe Prime Minister flew to New Delhi last night for the G20 summitPA

"That’s why I feel confident, as we won in Uxbridge we will be able to make great progress."

He added: "I want to put our country on a trajectory that they can see their lives improving and I’m confident we can deliver that."

Separately on the crumbling concrete crisis, Mr Sunak said that his Government would "ensure the safety of children and these buildings, and that's why we put in place a very rapid process to do that.

"We're providing lots of support to schools so that we can mitigate these things as quickly as possible, minimise the disruption of children's education.

"Each department will have its own particular way of dealing with it and following the technical guidance that is there. The Chancellor has been very clear that we will provide the funding for schools for these mitigations."

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