Action man Rishi! Publicity-hungry Chancellor dons army fatigues

Action man Rishi! Publicity-hungry Chancellor dons army fatigues

Action man Rishi! Publicity-hungry ‘PM-in-waiting’ dons army fatigues during adventure-packed visit to Catterick Garrison (while his boss Boris Johnson is holding a children’s tea party at Downing Street)

  • Mr Sunak, 41, looked every inch the statesman at military town in North Yorksire 
  • He joined in on training activities and was seen balancing on a ladder in helmet
  • Boris Johnson hosted pupils from St Joseph’s Primary School, in Upminster

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has proven once again he is not camera shy as he posed in army fatigues during a visit to Catterick Garrison, while Boris Johnson was snapped hosting a children’s tea party at Downing Street. 

Mr Sunak, 41, looked every inch the statesman in his combat trousers and white t-shirt while he walked around the military town near Richmond, North Yorkshire. 

He stood to attention as Lieutenant Colonel Gary Robertson, commanding officer of the Infantry Training Brigades, took him on a tour of the camp.  

Mr Sunak, who also got involved in some training activities and was seen balancing on a ladder in an army helmet, visited the infantry training centre in his capacity as the local MP.

Mr Sunak (pictured with Lieutenant Colonel Gary Roberton), 41, looked every inch the statesman in his combat trousers and white t-shirt while he walked around the military town near Richmond, North Yorkshire

Mr Sunak, who also got involved in some training activities and was seen balancing on a ladder in an army helmet, visited the infantry training centre in his capacity as the local MP

He was spotted tackling a few different obstacles on the trainasium at the infantry training centre

He then visited Pegasus Company to gain an insight into how the Army selects volunteers for service with Airborne Forces.

The Chancellor seemed primed to step in and take the job of his boss, Boris Johnson, who today took some time out to host a children’s tea party at Downing Street.   

Pupils from St Joseph’s Primary School, in Upminster, were seen sitting in a circle around the PM asking questions and reading books.  

And Mr Johnson even joined the children on the floor sitting on a large cushion and getting involved in what appeared to be heated discussion over children’s stories. 

Mr Sunak’s army visit comes just days after he opened a new centre near Darlington designed to help Army families and veterans at Catterick Garrison. 

The Chancellor seemed primed to step in and take the job of his boss, Boris Johnson, who today took some time out to host a children’s tea party at Downing Street

Pupils from St Joseph’s Primary School, in Upminster, were seen sitting in a circle around the PM asking questions and reading books

Clervaux Fold at Croft, which is made up from craft workshops and a dining area, provides therapeutic activities to give the families positive experiences which helps them to bond. 

It was funded by a £470,000 Libor grant – a scheme which opened in 2012 and is now closed having distributed £773million to Armed Forces and emergency services charities across the country.

Mr Sunak visited the Fold last week and said: ‘The Fold is a fantastic facility and a splendid addition to what is on offer at Clow Beck for those who have special needs and require additional help.’ 

The Chancellor has grown in popularity since he seemingly ditched Conservative economic policy in favour of a generous furlough scheme throughout the coronavirus pandemic. 

Mr Sunak’s army visit comes just days after he opened a new centre near Darlington designed to help Army families and veterans at Catterick Garrison

Mr Sunak visited the Fold last week and said: ‘The Fold is a fantastic facility and a splendid addition to what is on offer at Clow Beck for those who have special needs and require additional help’

Pictured: Rishi Sunak being introduced to members of staff at Pegasus Company before being shown a demonstration from phase three soldiers

Many younger voters were also left enamoured by his Eat Out To Help Out scheme which he instated last summer and allowed diners up to 50% off their meals at certain restaurants in a bid to boost the economy.  

He is believed to have won over many voters in the newly Conservative former ‘Red Wall’ seats of the Midlands and post-industrial North. 

And he is hoping to bolster is reputation by striking a deal with the likes of Google, Facebook and Amazon to redistribute the enormous profits they gain across the country.  

He was notably treated kindly in Dominic Cummings’s testimony last week where other figures such as Boris Johnson and Matt Hancock were torn to shreds. 

When asked whether he shared Mr Cummings’s reservations about Mr Johnson’s leadership, he said: ‘The PM’s got an exceptionally hard job which I see up close every day,’ says Sunak, displaying a Tony Blair-like ability to swerve around potholes.

‘The decisions he has to make are just extraordinarily difficult. I think people appreciate that and realise that all of us are working as hard as we can to try to do the best job we can in difficult circumstances. The PM carries this enormous burden of trying to get these awful decisions right.’

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