Laying the foundation for a leadership bid, Rishi? Millionaire Chancellor gets his hands dirty but spectacularly fails to lay a stone in Hartlepool ahead of midterm elections as Boris Johnson tries to get his premiership back on track under fire.
- Chancellor Rishi Sunak visited Hartlepool today ahead of the 6 May midterm elections
- Mr. Sunak tried bricklaying, but was corrected after making a mistake
- Came when neighbor Boris Johnson on Downing Street is trying to stabilize the premiership
Rishi Sunak admitted today that working with his hands is not one of his strengths after a failed bricklaying attempt during a campaign visit to Hartlepool.
The Chancellor tried his hand at building a wall when he attended the town’s Northern School of Art.
But he had to be corrected after trying to get a rock wrong.
His visit came just days before the Hartlepool midterm elections on May 6 and as his Downing Street neighbor Boris Johnson tries to stabilize his leadership after a series of feuds.
Rishi Sunak tried to build a wall today when he attended Hartlepool’s Northern School of Art. Bricklayer Danny Honeyman had to point out that one of the Chancellor’s stones was facing the wrong way
Mr. Sunak visited Hartlepool a few days before a by-election to be held on May 6
The Chancellor was shown the skills of students on a visual effects and modeling course, which had made him a replica of his front door in Downing Street
Mr. Sunak joined bricklayer Danny Honeyman to help build a new TV studio and, wearing a helmet and protective gear over his suit, tapped two bricks into place.
But his second attempt was not as smooth as his first, as Mr. Honeyman had to point out that the rock was facing the wrong way.
Asked if he was a perfectionist, Mr. Sunak laughed and replied, “Yes, but definitely not about this. This is not my strong point.
‘As my kids would say, handicraft is not daddy’s (strong point). Maybe I should have stopped while leading the way. ‘
Earlier, the Chancellor was shown the skills of students on a visual effects and modeling course, which had made him a replica of his front door in Downing Street.
The Chancellor painted a number 11 on the model, which was created using a 3D printer from a photo of his famous address.
Mr Sunak was grilled today over revelations that Mr Johnson’s personal phone number was easily accessible online amid warnings from experts that it could put the Prime Minister at increased risk of poking around.
Sunak downplayed fears that the prime minister had opened up to possible covert activity by hostile states and exploitation by criminal gangs after his personal contact information was revealed on the Internet for the past 15 years.
Lord Ricketts, the UK’s first national security adviser, said the disclosure could mean that ‘thousands’ of people have Mr Johnson’s mobile number, putting him at ‘heightened risk’.
But Mr. Sunak said, “As far as I know, all security protocols have been followed.
Part of what makes the Prime Minister special is that he is an incredibly approachable person.
Mr. Sunak’s visit came after revelations that Boris Johnson’s personal phone number was easily accessible online. The Prime Minister was photographed yesterday while visiting a school in London
“You see it wherever he is – people feel like they can have a relationship with him, they can talk to him, they can tell him what’s on their mind.”
Yesterday, it emerged that Mr. Johnson’s contact number was still listed this year at the bottom of a 2006 press release dating back to when he was shadow minister of higher education.
It follows an argument over so-called Government-by-text in recent weeks after it emerged that lobbyists and others from the corporate world had personally messaged the Prime Minister in an attempt to get him to intervene on issues.
Earlier this month, Downing Street did not deny that Cabinet Secretary Simon Case advised Mr. Johnson to change his long-held phone number over concerns about how many people had his direct contact information.