Rishi Sunak faced questions today after he turned out to have left London and traveled 240 kilometers to spend Christmas at his home in the constituency less than 24 hours before the capital was banned from traveling.
The chancellor swapped Downing Street for his Richmond constituency in North Yorkshire last Friday afternoon, a day before Boris Johnson announced new curbs in the city.
And they will have to spend the whole of Christmas away from Downing Street, due to a travel ban in and out of Tier 4 areas like London enforced by the Prime Minister.
After arriving at his second-level constituency, he visited a local hospital on Monday – the same day that the Level 4 restrictions were extended to other parts of England.
He posed for a picture he posted on his Facebook page, the same day Labor called on him to “do the right thing” and make a public statement about economic support measures amid fears of a third complete blockade across the UK.
Mr. Sunak, 40, lives with his family in a magnificent Georgian manor house in the small village of Kirby Sigston, right next to Northallerton in North Yorkshire.
After arriving in Richmond, which is on the second level, he visited a local hospital on Monday – the same day that Tier 4 restrictions were extended to other parts of England
London is in Tier 4, but Mr. Sunak’s home is in Richmond, in Tier 2 North Yorkshire
A source in the treasury said the trip did not violate any rules, noting that Mr. Sunak is a member of the constituency as well as the finance minister, and left long before the Tier 4 restrictions announced by Mr Johnson
A source in the treasury said the trip did not violate the rules – Sun reported them first – noting that Mr Sunak is an MP in the constituency as well as the finance minister, and left long before the announcement of the Tier 4 restrictions.
A Labor spokesman said: ‘Gone are the days since the prime minister announced new restrictions, and there has still been no word from the chancellor.
‘Rishi Sunak was happy to put his name into the whole government policy when it suited him, but when he goes hard, he is completely absent. That is one of the reasons why we have had the worst decline of any major economy. ‘
It came when official figures showed a sharp rise in the percentage of people who tested positive for Covid-19 in London, East Anglia and South East England, ONS said.
London now has the highest rate of positive testing, with an estimate of 2.1 per cent of people in private households on Covid-19.
It is followed by southeast England (1.4%) and eastern England (1.2 percent).
The percentage of positive tests in south-west England has also increased over the last week, while rates have continued to decline in north-west England and Yorkshire and the Humber.
More than 40 per cent of the English population has adapted to locking conditions since Boxing Day after an additional six million people were placed under Tier 4 restrictions.
Mr. Sunak with his wife Akshat and their children. The family lives in a magnificent Georgian manor house (downstairs) in the small village of Kirby Sigston, right next to Northallerton in North Yorkshire.
Mr Hancock said the British variant of the coronavirus was spreading at a “dangerous rate”, announcing measures that included severe restrictions on mixing with people and the closure of irrelevant shops.
The changes were made because government data showed that a further 744 people died within 28 days of positive testing for Covid-19, the highest such figure since April 29 during the first peak of the virus.
As of 9 a.m. Wednesday, there were another 39,237 laboratory-confirmed cases of coronavirus, the highest figure recorded one day throughout the pandemic – though in part because of much broader testing.
Areas moving from Boxing Day to Tier 4 are: Sussex, Oxfordshire, Suffolk, Norfolk and Cambridgeshire, those parts of Essex not yet in Tier 4, Waverley in Surrey and Hampshire – including Portsmouth and Southampton, with the exception of New Forest.
Level 4 restrictions include warning to stay at home, restricting household mixing for two people outdoors, and forcing many stores, hairdressers, and gyms to close.