Rishi Sunak pays £10,000 for private helicopter trip to glitzy Tory dinner


Chancellor Rishi Sunak paid out of pocket for a return flight to the Tory conference in Powys, Wales – while less fortunate attendees traveling from London would have had to pay £117 for a standard return train ticket

Chancellor Rishi Sunak

Rishi Sunak shelled out over £10,000 to fly by private helicopter to a glitzy Tory dinner party in Wales this weekend.

The multi-millionaire Chancellor paid out of pocket for a return flight from Battersea Heliport to the Conservative Conference in Newtown, Powys.

The revelation will increase concerns that he is too ‘out of touch’ with ordinary voters to understand the impact of the cost of living crisis.

Mr Sunak and his wife Akshata Murty made the Sunday Times rich list for the first time this week with their joint fortune of £730million.

The Chancellor suffered a major political blow after it emerged last month that her wife was not domiciled for tax purposes – meaning she had avoided millions of pounds in UK tax.

Rishi Sunak and his wife Akshata Murty made the Sunday Times rich list for the first time



Treasury insiders said Mr Sunak, who took part in a question-and-answer session with former Tory leader William Hague before dinner, traveled by helicopter to save time.

Less fortunate participants traveling from London would have had to pay £117 for a standard class return train ticket, or travel the 400 miles return by car.

But shadow financial secretary James Murray said: “Flying to and from Wales for dinner says a lot about how out of touch this Chancellor is.

“If he wastes his own money so much, it’s no wonder he treats public finances so negligently.”

He added: “He should get his feet back on the ground and start paying attention to the problem that most families are facing – skyrocketing bills and rising prices.”

A Treasury spokesman said: ‘The Chancellor is looking to minimize the time he spends travelling, so he can spend as much time as possible focusing on delivering for the British people.’

Boris Johnson visited Hilltop Honey in Newtown, Powys, Wales, ahead of a speech at the party’s annual conference



It came as ministers warned Cabinet that millions of public sector workers, including nurses, police and teachers, may not get pay rises this year to avoid inflation “in spiral”.

The Prime Minister’s official spokesman has not ruled out overriding the decision of independent pay review bodies – which are due to report before the summer – if they suggest rises above inflation.

He added: “Ministers have made it clear that the risk of triggering higher inflation must be part of the considerations when deciding on pay this year.

“I don’t want to preempt the independent process. You will know the government has the ability to do that in a purely hypothetical sense.

“The point ministers have been emphasizing is that spiraling inflation will do more to hurt people’s take-home pay than limited wage moderation.”

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