Sink’s remarks on removing funds from ‘deprived urban areas’ have divided the Tories

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Ishi-Sink has split Tory figures boasting of working to divert funds from “deprived urban areas” to more prosperous cities, with Labor calling it “outrageous”.

The Tory leadership hopeful told party members it had started to change public funding formulas to ensure more affluent towns get “the funding they deserve”. do

The New Statesman magazine, which obtained video footage showing Mr Sink’s remarks, said they were made for grassroots Tories at Royal Tunbridge Wells in Kent on July 29.

It is sad that Rishi Singh is openly boasting that he has set the rules to funnel taxpayers’ money to prosperous Tory shires.

A supporter of the former chancellor insisted on Saturday that the comments were “misunderstood”.

Conservative former minister Andrew Mitchell, MP, MP for the affluent seat of Sutton Coldfield, told Times Radio: “I’m not saying for a moment that the needs aren’t greater elsewhere, but we’re on our high street. The town center infrastructure, which has been badly affected by the economic changes over the last 10 years, will not be able to rehabilitate the infrastructure.

“We wouldn’t be able to do this without some, admittedly small, but some government taxpayer support and what Rishi was saying, I think, was that he adopted laws to make sure that That both the Red Wall and the poor can get seats. The support they need, but also where it’s needed on a broader front, which of course affects the Red Wall seats, funding can be made available. Is.”

The Sink campaign defended the remarks, arguing that it changed the Treasury’s Green Book, which sets out rules for government spending to help cities and rural areas also need investment.

In the video, Mr Sink told Tory supporters: “I’ve been able to start changing the funding formulas, to make sure areas like this get the funding they deserve. They deserve it because we inherited a bunch of Labor formulas that funneled all the funding into deprived urban areas and that needed to be scrapped.

“I have begun the work of finishing it.”

Speaking ahead of the Tory hustings in Eastbourne on Friday evening, the former chancellor defended his comments, saying he was making the point that “deprivation exists all over our country”.

He told Sky News: “I was making the point that deprivation exists across our country and needs to be addressed.

“That’s why we need to make sure our funding formulas recognize this. And the people who need support and extra investment aren’t just limited to large urban areas. You can find them in towns and cities across the UK. Also found in rural areas.

“That was the point I was making, that our funding formulas that fail to recognize that are outdated, and need to be changed.”

The remarks last week come as Mr Sink tries to win the support of party members against Foreign Secretary Liz Truss who will choose the next prime minister.

When asked about it during a visit to the West Midlands, Ms Truss refused to say whether her campaign was involved in the leaking of the video, saying only: “I’m running a positive campaign. “

Lord Zac Goldsmith, the Foreign Office minister, said: “This is one of the strangest and most idiotic things I have ever heard from a politician.”

Jack Barry, chairman of Tory MPs’ Northern Research Group, said publicly Mr Sink “claims he wants to equalize the North, but here he prides himself on trying to divert significant investment away from deprived areas”. are”.

“He says one thing and does another – from raising taxes to trying to freeze funding for our armed forces and now equalise,” said the Truss supporter.

Shadow equalization secretary Lisa Nandy said: “It is appalling that Rishi Shank is openly boasting that he has set rules to funnel taxpayers’ money to prosperous Tory shires.

“This is people’s money. It should be distributed fairly and spent where it is most needed – not used as a bribe to Tory members.

Ms Nandy later wrote to Communities Secretary Greg Clarke, MP for Tunbridge Wells, urging him to investigate Mr Sink’s comments and changes to funding formulas.