Rishi Sunak ally Vicky Atkins given BBC grilling over new PMs plan

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The former Justice Minister and Sunak ally was pressed repeatedly by BBC Radio 4 presenter Mishal Husain to shine some light on the new Prime Minister’s programme for government. Mr Sunak is due to take office in a short while having won the race to succeed Liz Truss in Number 10 after seeing off bids from Tory rivals Boris Johnson and Penny Mordaunt. 

Ms Husain asked the Conservative MP: “What’s he going to do, then give us an idea?

“Well, he will be, as I say, working with his Chancellor over the coming days. We have the event on the 31st of October still in the diary. He will be doing everything he can to make that happen. Although, you know, please, I’m not in the room, so don’t hold me to that,” replied Ms Atkins.

“But you have been put forward by the Sunak camp this morning, and I’m wondering, therefore, what you are going to share with us about his plan for Governor, he’s going to be Prime Minister in a few hours time,” pressed the Radio 4 host. 

“He is and there’s an enormous amount of work going on in the background, but we do have to observe the constitutional proprieties of this. He is not yet Prime Minister,” defended Ms Atkins. 

Ms Husain replied: “So what have you come on air to say?!”

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