British police will analyze a video showing the prime minister without a seatbelt in the back of a car, an “miscalculation” for which Rishi Sunak has already apologized.
In the pictures posted on social media, the British Prime Minister appears to speak enthusiastically about his policy of regional rebalancing, sitting in the back seat of the car, without wearing a seat belt, during a trip to Lancashire, in the north of the country. England.
And the French news agency (Agence France Presse) quoted a local police spokesman as saying, “We are aware of the matter and we will investigate it.”
Failure to wear a seatbelt can be punished with a fine of up to £500 (around €571).
Downing Street said Rishi Sunak had “fully” admitted the mistake and apologized.
“It was an error of judgment”, a Cabinet spokesperson stated, “The prime minister removed his belt “for a brief moment to videotape”, “but realizes it is a mistake”.
“The prime minister believes that everyone should wear seatbelts,” he added.
Even before this incident, Rishi Sunak was criticized for taking several flights on an airplane for short trips, on the order of 30 and 40 minutes.
“A habit that costs the environment and the taxpayer dearly,” denounced the second-in-command in the opposition, from the Labor party, Angela Rayner.
On the other hand, the prime minister’s spokesman defended the choice for reasons of efficiency and the best use of “time”.
When he was finance minister in Boris Johnson’s government, Rishi Sunak was fined in the “party door” scandal, because he was present at a gathering on the occasion of the prime minister’s birthday, violating anti-Covid-19 rules.
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