Every word of Rishi Sunak’s speech after Tories’ humiliating wipeout

By Staff

Rishi Sunak has addressed the nation outside Number 10 today to say ‘sorry’ following a brutal Conservative wipeout in the 2024 General Election. The Prime Minister will now travel to Buckingham Palace to tender his resignation to the King.

After walking out of Number 10 with his wife, Mr Sunak opened by apologising firstly. He then said he would step down as party leader in due course.

Mr Sunak went on to highlight some wins from his time in government, adding that ‘this country is safer, stronger and more secure than it was 20 months ago’.

He went on to wish Keir Starmer well as prime minister, before thanking his family for their support.

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Rishi Sunak’s speech in full

“I would like to say, first and foremost, I am sorry.

“I have given this job my all. But you have sent a clear message, and yours is the only judgement that matters. I have heard your anger, your disappointment, and I take responsibility for this loss.

“To all the Conservative candidates and campaigners who work tirelessly, but without success, I’m sorry that we could not deliver what your efforts deserved. It pains me to think how many good colleagues that contributed so much to their communities and out country will now no longer sit in the House of Commons.

“I thank them for their hard work and their service. Following this result, I will step down as party leader – not immediately, but once the formal arrangements for selecting my successor are in place. It is important that after 14 years in government the Conservative Party rebuilds, but also that it takes up its crucial role in opposition professionally and effectively.

“What I first did here as your Prime Minister, I told you the most important task that I had was to return stability to our economy. Inflation has met its target, mortgage rates are falling and growth has returned.

“We’ve enhanced our standing in the world, rebuilding relations with allies, leading global efforts to support Ukraine and becoming the home of a generation of transformative technologies. And our United Kingdom is stronger to win the Windsor framework, devolution restored in Northern Ireland and our union strengthened.

“I’m proud of those achievements. I believe this country is safer, stronger and more secure than it was 20 months ago. And it is more prosperous, fairer, and resilient than it was in 2010.

“Whilst he has been my political opponent, Sir Keir Starmer will shortly become our prime minister. In this job, his successes will be all our successes, and I wish him and his family well.

“Whatever our disagreements in this campaign, he is a decent, public-spirited man who I respect. He and his family deserve the very best of our understanding as they make the huge transition to their new lives behind this door.”

“And as he grapples with this most demanding of jobs in an increasingly unstable world, I’d like to thank my colleagues, my Cabinet, the Civil Service, especially here in Downing Street. The team at Chequers, my staff, CCHQ.

“But, most of all, I’d like to express my gratitude to my wife Akshata and our beautiful daughters. I can never thank them enough for the sacrifices they have made so that I might serve our country.

“One of the most remarkable things about Britain is just how unremarkable it is that two generations after my grandparents came here with little, I could become Prime Minister. And that I could watch my two young daughters light Diwali candles on the steps in Downing Street.

“We must hold true to that idea of who we are. That vision of kindness, decency and tolerance that has always been the British way.

“This is a difficult day at the end of a number of difficult days. But I leave this job honoured to have been your Prime Minister. This is the best country in the world. And it is thanks entirely to you, the British people, the true source of all our achievements, our strengths and our greatness. Thank you.”

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