Rishi Sunak’s lavish private swimming pool complex at his North Yorkshire mansion was pictured as he continues to battle Liz Truss to become the next Prime Minister.
The former Chancellor of the Exchequer, who like Ms Truss is facing questions about how they will deal with the ongoing cost-of-living crisis and soaring energy prices, has spent £400,000 on the new pool.
He is also building a gym and tennis courts on the £2million Georgian mansion near Northallerton. Reports earlier this year said he would have to pay £13,000 a year to keep the new pool warm.
However, that figure could have risen dramatically in recent months as energy prices have continued to rise and millions of people in the UK are at risk of not being able to pay their bills.
Yesterday Mr Sunak, who was criticized for building the pool while his local Richmond swimming pools are forced to close due to rising energy bills, pledged to spend billions more to help people struggling with the cost of living crisis.
The former investment banker, who made a fortune before becoming a politician, said there was a “moral responsibility” to offer additional help, while also criticizing Ms Truss’ tax-cut plans.
He pledged to provide more help to pensioners and beneficiaries, while pledging to reduce VAT on energy bills – which he says could take total support for families to around £700-800 – while energy bills are expected to hit a staggering £4,400 after Christmas.
A gym, tennis court and swimming pool complex at Rishi Sunak’s manor house in North Yorkshire has taken shape after months of construction
The Tory leadership hopeful is believed to have spent around £400,000 expanding his Grade II listed Georgian estate
It comes as Mr Sunak, pictured here yesterday visiting St John’s Wood Synagogue, continues his quest to become the next Prime Minister
The swimming pool at his listed mansion, where he normally spends his weekends with his wife and two daughters, has been under construction for several months.
The 42-year-old applied to the local council last year to build an L-shaped pool house that will include a hot tub, utility and changing area and technical room.
These plans, which included a 12 x 5 meter swimming pool, were later approved by the council.
It is believed that no tax money was used to build the complex and there were no objections from nearby residents.
Reports that heating would cost £13,000 a year did not go down well with members of his constituency, especially after the sharp rise in energy bills.
The 42-year-old applied last year to build an L-shaped pool house that will include a hot tub, utility and changing area and technical room
It will include a tennis court (which can be seen in the bottom half of this image) as well as a private indoor pool
No taxpayer money is believed to have been used to build the complex and there were no objections from residents before the local council approved construction last year
Retired steelworker Leslie Porter, 69, told The Mirror: “Some people have to choose between heating and eating. All the bills go up and he does so. It’s obscene.”
Receptionist Hayley Hadden added: “He’s a multi-millionaire and it looks like he’s rubbing our noses in. He doesn’t have to worry about paying his bills.’
It is one of several properties owned by Mr Sunak and his wife Akshata Murthy, daughter of one of India’s wealthiest men.
While he was Chancellor, the family lived in a flat above 10 Downing Street, but earlier this year they moved into their £6.6million stable block in Kensington.
The L-shaped pool house, under construction following approval last year, is to include a hot tub, utility and changing area and technical room
Reports that heating will cost £13,000 a year have not gone down well with members of his constituency, particularly after the sharp rise in energy bills
Earlier this year construction began on the swimming pool, gym and tennis court at Sunak Manor House in North Yorkshire
They also own a £5.5million home in Santa Monica, California, where Mr Sunak is expected to live if he decides to leave politics in the UK.
Mr Sunak, who has worked as an investment banker for firms in California, India and the UK including Goldman Sachs, has been known to use the Yorkshire property when Parliament is not in session and does not need to be in London.
As his battle with Ms Truss to become the next prime minister heats up, the two exchanged a number of barbs this week about their approach to the cost-of-living crisis.
The ex-Chancellor has been accused by his rival’s camp of “Gordon Brown-style policies” with a “socialist tax and spending” agenda.
In a dig at the Foreign Secretary tonight, Mr Sunak hinted that Ms Truss’ tax cut proposals were not “moral”.
Rishi Sunak pledged to provide more help to retirees and beneficiaries while pledging to reduce VAT on utility bills to deal with the cost-of-living crisis
He also insisted that “starry-eyed boosterism” would not steer the country through the inflationary crisis.
In another jibe at Ms Truss, Mr Sunak claimed he would “rather lose” the contest for the prime minister’s post than “promise false things that I can’t deliver”.
Both he and Ms Truss have been urged to pledge further support during the cost-of-living crisis after forecasts this week that energy bills for typical households will rise to more than £4,200 next year.
“I feel a moral obligation as Prime Minister to go further and bring extra help to people in the autumn and winter to help them cope with a really difficult time,” Mr Sunak said.
“I think that’s the right priority.”
Mr Sunak hinted that his rival Liz Truss’ tax cut proposals were not “moral to do” as he launched a series of hits on the Foreign Secretary
The foreign secretary has been under pressure to deliver on Mr Sunak’s promise of more direct support for families, having previously shied away from promising additional “handouts” to ease the cost of living crisis.
Mr Sunak’s camp has accused Ms Truss of a “major about-face” after insisting today that she is not ruling out further cash payments.
But the Foreign Secretary has maintained that tax cuts – and stimulating the economy – are her “priority”.
Ms Truss’ promise to scrap National Insurance increases, scrap a proposed corporate tax hike and scrap environmental taxes on energy bills seems popular with Tory members.
Mr Sunak has warned that Ms Truss’ tax cut plans will exacerbate the inflation crisis and send interest rates skyrocketing.
He insisted he was “ready to lose this competition” rather than “saying the simple things” and not staying “true to my values.”
https://www.soundhealthandlastingwealth.com/uncategorized/rishi-sunaks-swimming-pool-complex-at-his-manor-house-is-pictured-as-he-tries-to-become-the-next-pm/ Rishi Sunak’s swimming pool complex at his mansion is pictured as he attempts to become the next prime minister