LONDON: Rishi Sunak on Saturday gave a glimpse of how his Indian wife Akshata Murti and her daughters Krishna and Anoushka settle into life at age 10 Downing Street just over a week after taking office as British Prime Minister.
The Indian-born former Chancellor has upended the norm by moving back to the smaller flat above 10 Downing Street, which is usually used as the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s residence.
In an interview with ‘The Times’ he revealed that Chancellor Jeremy Hunt will use the larger flat above 11 Downing Street as he would appreciate the extra space with three children and also that his daughters loved their old home in the famous street. when he was finance minister.
“We thought it would be good for him [Hunt] to have that extra bit of space, so I thought it was the right thing to do,” Sunak told the newspaper.
“But also, it was our home for two and a half years. It’s good for us to come back to where we were, the kids know it, the kids love it. It was the Nova house [Sunak family labrador] first came when we picked her up as a family,” he said.
“Everyone is really excited about it. I met Jeremy’s kids last week. My girls are excited because they know they have a Labrador like us. There are a lot of kids, a lot dogs,” he said.
The first British Indian holder at the famous address also shared the moment he heard about his predecessor Liz Truss‘ hasty exit following a disastrous mini-budget.
He was having dinner with his daughters at TGI Friday’s in Teesside, in the north England when the announcement came and he decided to take the plunge after a call with his wife Akshata.
“I needed to talk to him about it. In a sense, I had moved on, I was thinking about what to expect next. I was stuck in there,” Sunak told the newspaper.
“I believe very strongly in public service. That’s why I wanted to do the job over the summer. I thought I was the best person to lead our country through what we all recognize as difficult times. Given of what happened [with Truss’s premiership]I felt the same,” he said.
At 42, Sunak is Britain’s youngest prime minister in 200 years and feels a sense of pride at being the first Hindu to hold the state’s highest office – with a statue of Ganesha adorning his desk.
“As Chancellor I was able to light my Diwali diyas on the steps of Downing Street. It said something wonderful about our country that it was possible, but also that it didn’t matter. It was in a way that then, that’s great, but it’s also Britain. It’s what you expect from Britain. I hope it’s a source of collective pride across the country,” he said.
With one of the most daunting reception trays of any new prime minister facing him given soaring inflation and a turbulent economy, Sunak warned that the government would not be able to resolve all problems even though he had pledged to restore confidence in the ruling party.
“I fully recognize that trust has been challenged in recent weeks and months. I realize that trust is not given, trust is earned. My job is to regain people’s trust. C what am I going to do,” he added. said.
“You have to make sure that when you do things you do it in a fair and honest way with the people that of course no government can solve all the problems,” he added.

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