UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak volunteered at a homeless shelter over the Christmas weekend, but video of him talking to a man he was serving food to has been heavily criticized by his political opposition.
Sunak was helping out at a shelter in London on Friday, serving food to those in need. He can be seen making generous portions while making small talk with a man who said his name was Dean.
After confirming that this was not his first time at the shelter, Dean asked Sunak if he would “help the economy out.” Sunak said that was “exactly” what he wanted to do. Dean can be heard saying that this was “best for business”, prompting Sunak to ask if Dean worked for a business.
“No, I’m homeless,” Dean replied. “I’m actually a homeless person.”
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Dean then said he was interested in business, especially finance. Sunak then noted that he used to work in finance, then went on to talk about how many jobs in finance have moved from being primarily in London to places in other parts of the UK.
“Is this something you want to get into?” Sunak asked.
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“I wouldn’t mind,” Dean replied.
UK Labor deputy leader Angela Rayner posted a video of the video with a brief comment.
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“Tempting,” she said.
Sunak became prime minister after his predecessor Liz Truss lasted less than two months in office before resigning amid economic instability.