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Sunak Under Fire Over Boast He Moved Funding From Deprived Areas

  • UK leadership contender was speaking to Tory party members
  • Comment undermines manifesto commitment to ‘levelling up’
Rishi Sunak attends a Conservative Party leadership campaign event in Tunbridge Wells, on July 29.

Rishi Sunak attends a Conservative Party leadership campaign event in Tunbridge Wells, on July 29.

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Rishi Sunak insisted he is not out of the Conservative leadership contest after his campaign suffered another blow when a video emerged of him boasting about deliberately moving funding away from deprived urban areas of the UK while he was Chancellor of the Exchequer.