Once their pride and joy, ‘out of touch’ Rishi Sunak has let his Yorkshire constituents down

Norman Dimon, a retired theatre director who has lived in Richmond for 40 years, said: “It’s not really acceptable for people who are already very wealthy to be looking for perfectly legal ways to avoid their responsibilities to the communities they live in.”

The 69-year-old added: “I don’t blame him personally in that respect, I just think that’s the system we operate under. I think it’s the whole non-dom system that’s at fault, not a particular participant in it.

“He struck me as being not really connected and the information that’s in the news is reinforcing that suspicion.”

Nursing a pint at his table in the Ralph Fitz Randal pub, Sean, a former soldier in his 50s who sustained several injuries during a tour of Iraq, took issue with what he regards as the hypocrisy of Mr Sunak.

‘Double standards’

“It seems very double standards in that, while I understand tax avoidance is different from tax evading, it’s just not right either way,” he said. “You’re the Chancellor of the Exchequer, you’re supposed to represent the people in your constituency.”

Sean, who typically votes for the Yorkshire Party, which campaigns for the establishment of a devolved Yorkshire Assembly, said: “If there was a general election tomorrow, I would vote Labour in the hope that everybody else has got the same idea just to get rid of someone.”

Once their pride and joy – a man they thought might even rise to the highest office in the land one day – the Chancellor and his wife’s complex tax arrangements had left some voters wondering if they had made the right decision.

Caroline Conway, 52, who has lived in Richmond all her life and runs a successful holiday let business, votes Labour, despite it being a safe conservative seat, because she feels she “mustn’t waste the vote”.

But after the events of the past 48 hours she says there is a chance she will vote for the Liberal Democrat candidate in the next election.

“He’s a very friendly, very nice person – but that’s not enough when you’re running the country,” she said of her MP, recalling how Mr Sunak had failed an early test during his 2015 general election campaign when he tripped up over the name of a local school while canvassing on her road.

“You need to do your homework,” Ms Conway told him.

‘He would have been the next prime minister’

Lucy, who is in her 50s and works in education, said: “When people who are in finance are not in touch with reality, I think that’s an issue.

“I don’t know what it’s like to be as hard up as some people less fortunate than me. How he, a multi-millionaire can, is a mystery to me. I think it’s a reality check [for Mr Sunak].

“But I think the people who are stirring this up are [doing so] from within the Conservative Party. He would have been the next Prime Minister if this hadn’t come out.”

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