General election: ‘It was a mistake,’ says Sunak as he apologises for leaving D-day ceremony early – live

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Sunak issues apology complete D-day ceremonial absence

Rishi Sunak has issued an apology connected societal media for not staying longer astatine D-day events successful France yesterday.

The premier minister, having near Normandy successful bid to alternatively pre-record an predetermination question and reply pinch ITV, said “for nan commemorations to beryllium overshadowed by politics”.

He posted:

The 80th day of D-day has been a profound infinitesimal to honour nan brave men and women who put their lives connected nan statement to protect our values, our state and our democracy.

This day should beryllium astir those who made nan eventual sacrifice for our country. The past point I want is for nan commemorations to beryllium overshadowed by politics.

I attraction profoundly astir veterans and person been honoured to correspond nan UK astatine a number of events successful Portsmouth and France complete nan past 2 days and to meet those who fought truthful bravely.

After nan conclusion of nan British arena successful Normandy, I returned backmost to nan UK. On reflection, it was a correction not to enactment successful France longer – and I apologise.

Foreign Secretary David Cameron, French president Emmanuel Macron, German chancellor Olaf Scholz and US President Joe Biden astatine Omaha Beach yesterday.
Foreign caput David Cameron, French president Emmanuel Macron, German chancellor Olaf Scholz and US President Joe Biden astatine Omaha Beach yesterday. Photograph: Benoît Tessier/Reuters

Key events

Rishi Sunak is being accused of “not getting what it is to beryllium a premier minister” aft skipping nan awesome world D-Day ceremony, erstwhile Downing Street communications main Craig Oliver has said.

He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that D-Day was known astir arsenic soon arsenic Sunak called nan wide election.

“And I deliberation if you’re readying these things, you’ve sewage to opportunity ‘look, that’s going to artifact nan premier curate out’. It’s a very important infinitesimal for nan country. But it’s besides a very important infinitesimal to show that you’re being premier ministerial.

“And nan problem for Rishi Sunak this greeting is he’s accused of not getting what it is to beryllium a premier curate and what his duties are arsenic a premier minister.”

Oliver besides criticised nan Tory run for sending children’s curate David Johnston into broadcast studios connected Friday greeting without knowing “what to say” astir nan snub.

“It was beautiful clear that nan Conservative run was going to beryllium massively connected nan backfoot today.”

Johnston’s interviews took spot earlier Sunak issued his apology and included him telling Times Radio: “As children’s curate I don’t precisely cognize what what nan prime minister’s diary looks like. But I do know, because we saw him astatine nan various commemorations this week that he has been paying tribute to our veterans and marking nan D-day commemorations and I deliberation everybody tin spot he’s very committed to that.”

As to nan rumor astir scheduling, nan ITV UK editor, Paul Brand, told ITV News astatine Ten past night: “Today was nan slot we were offered [by No 10] ... we don’t cognize why.”

The protector paymaster general, Labour’s Jonathan Ashworth, has besides attacked Sunak’s determination to time off nan ceremonial early. He said: “Yesterday’s D-Day commemorations were astir remembering the bravery of each those who service our country.

“In choosing to prioritise his ain vanity TV appearances complete our veterans, Rishi Sunak has shown what is astir important to him.

“It is yet much desperation, yet much chaos, and yet much dreadful judgement from this out-of-touch premier minister.”

My workfellow Jessica Elgot says coming “feels for illustration a very large infinitesimal successful nan run here, pointing retired that Rishi Sunak’s apology makes it clear this was “not a gaffe but a deliberate choice”.

It was near to Conservative curate for children David Johnston to effort to take sides Rishi Sunak connected nan greeting media round.

He had been hoping to talk astir Tory proposals for kid benefit, but instead, up of Sunak’s apology, he was pressed connected nan Today programme connected wherever nan premier curate had been erstwhile world leaders – positive David Cameron – were connected Omaha beach.

He told nan BBC’s Nick Robinson “Well, he was location earlier successful nan time for nan commemoration. He was besides successful Portsmouth connected Wednesday for nan commemorations there.”

Robinson asked “Where was he erstwhile Cameron was opinionated alongside nan president of America and nan presidents of France. Where was nan premier minister?”

Johnston floundered “Well, you’ll forgive me, Nick, arsenic you rightly introduced me, I americium a inferior curate successful nan section of education, truthful I’m acrophobic I don’t cognize precisely wherever nan premier curate was.”

Robinson changeable backmost “He was successful an ITV workplace doing an question and reply defending what he’d said successful nan predetermination debate. We each now cognize that, don’t we?”

Johnston reiterated his apical line, telling listeners “as I say, I don’t cognize precisely wherever he was. I cognize he was location earlier that day. I cognize he was successful Portsmouth connected Wednesday.”

Robinson past asked nan curate “don’t you deliberation it’s inappropriate for him to time off nan time early?” to which Johnston began talking astir really he himself had attended a ceremonial of commemoration successful nan constituency wherever he is standing.

Robinson trim him short pinch a curt “Thank you very much. You’ve told america what you do and don’t know, and acknowledgment for coming connected nan programme.”

Labour: 'embarrassing' Sunak near D-day ceremonial early to 'double down connected a proven lie'

Labour’s lodging spokesperson Matthew Pennycook said it was “embarrassing” that nan premier curate had near Normandy early to make an electioneering quality successful which he chose to “double down connected a proven lie”.

Speaking connected Sky News, Pennycook said:

I’m gladsome he’s apologised because it is perfectly a mistake. And it’s not conscionable nan truth that nan premier curate near those D-day commemoration services – possibly nan past commemoration services for galore of nan veterans who attended, I mean, carnivore that successful mind.

But nan logic why he near those services? He left, let’s beryllium clear, to travel backmost and pre-record an question and reply wherever he double down connected a proven dishonesty astir nan Labour party’s intentions if it forms nan adjacent government.

I deliberation it’s embarrassing.

I deliberation it’s a shameful dereliction of duty.

He’s correct to apologise, but nan British nationalist should inquire themselves superior questions astir a man who decides to make that determination successful nan first place.

The premier curate attended an arena astatine Ver-sur-Mer successful bluish France, which was besides attended by King Charles and Queen Camilla, and nan French president, Emmanuel Macron. But he did not be nan precocious day ceremonial astatine Omaha beach, successful Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer, and alternatively returned to nan UK. Paul Brand, ITV’s UK editor, said nan premier curate returned from Normandy to do nan interview.

Asked connected Sky News why he thought nan premier curate had done that, Labour’s Pennycook said:

You’d person to inquire him. I person perfectly nary idea, connected specified an important service. why nan premier curate felt that it was due to time off partway done that service.

And I’m gladsome Keir Starmer, Labour leader, stayed astatine that service. It was an important chance not only to meet veterans but to meet world leaders for illustration president Macron, [and Ukraine’s] president Zelenskiy.

Ukraine’s president Zelenskiy pinch Labour’s Keir Starmer.
Ukraine’s president Zelenskiy pinch Labour’s Keir Starmer. Photograph: Benoît Tessier/Reuters

Sunak issues apology complete D-day ceremonial absence

Rishi Sunak has issued an apology connected societal media for not staying longer astatine D-day events successful France yesterday.

The premier minister, having near Normandy successful bid to alternatively pre-record an predetermination question and reply pinch ITV, said “for nan commemorations to beryllium overshadowed by politics”.

He posted:

The 80th day of D-day has been a profound infinitesimal to honour nan brave men and women who put their lives connected nan statement to protect our values, our state and our democracy.

This day should beryllium astir those who made nan eventual sacrifice for our country. The past point I want is for nan commemorations to beryllium overshadowed by politics.

I attraction profoundly astir veterans and person been honoured to correspond nan UK astatine a number of events successful Portsmouth and France complete nan past 2 days and to meet those who fought truthful bravely.

After nan conclusion of nan British arena successful Normandy, I returned backmost to nan UK. On reflection, it was a correction not to enactment successful France longer – and I apologise.

Foreign Secretary David Cameron, French president Emmanuel Macron, German chancellor Olaf Scholz and US President Joe Biden astatine Omaha Beach yesterday.
Foreign caput David Cameron, French president Emmanuel Macron, German chancellor Olaf Scholz and US President Joe Biden astatine Omaha Beach yesterday. Photograph: Benoît Tessier/Reuters

Welcome and opening summary …

Good morning. Welcome to our unrecorded sum of nan 2024 wide predetermination connected a Friday which will spot nan 3rd unrecorded TV statement of nan week. After Scottish leaders debated connected STV connected Monday, and ITV hosted Rishi Sunak, Keir Starmer and those taxation claims connected Tuesday, Friday nighttime is nan BBC’s move to big a seven-way debate. More connected that successful a minute. Here are your headlines …

  • Rishi Sunak has apologised for leaving nan D-day day commemorations successful Normandy to be an ITV interview

  • The Institute for Government has warned that incoming ministers will find nationalist services connected nan ‘brink of collapse’

  • Labour has vowed to analyse nan carers’ scandal

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