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Rishi Sunak hits back as Sky News host accuses Chancellor of ‘narcissism’ | UK | News

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The Chancellor was forced to fight back accusations of narcissism as he appeared in an interview with Sky News host Niall Paterson. Rishi Sunak was told his policy advertising banners often containing his name and his face were a sign he was trying to brand himself to become the next Conservative leader. Mr Paterson said: “There have been an awful lot of adverts over the past few weeks with your name on and with your face on.

“With the greatest respect, you’re not the Prime Minister.

“So it does almost look just a bit narcissistic.”

But the Tory frontbencher hit back: “No, I’m actually very knew to politics in that sense, so for someone who has a job like mine, where I’m responsible for the UK economy, I’m not somebody that’s been in politics for a very long time and understandably most people didn’t know who I was before I had this job.

“My job is to make sure that people understand what I’m doing on their behalf, can question me, hold me accountable for it and feel engaged with that debate.”

As the Sky News host insisted no other politician but the Prime Minister would put his name and face next to a policy announcement, Mr Sunak added: “We’re actually living in a world where people can communicate in different ways.

“My main desire is to make sure everyone understands what I’m doing so they can question it, hold me account for it, know why I’m doing it.

“And I’m going to try lots of different ways of communicating with people. I’m not going to apologise for that.”

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