Rishi Sunak has after all walked up Downing Street many occasions – as chancellor he lived in Number 11.
But right now he made the journey for the primary time since securing the highest job and approached the well-known black door not as a part of a cupboard, however as prime minister.
There wasn’t a lot fanfare on arrival and that was on goal.
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We’ve seen new prime ministers enter earlier than being surrounded by cheering MPs, however right now it was empty. The temper was sombre.
That’s as a result of Mr Sunak needed to replicate the seriousness of the challenges the nation faces as he takes over at Number 10.
And this was additionally mirrored in his expression as he entered the constructing, and in his speech.
Its themes had been fixing the political errors of his predecessors, financial stability, arduous work and difficult selections.
His evaluation of the prime ministers he follows was well mannered however withering, and there was a transparent intention to create clear blue water between him and the current previous.
On Liz Truss, his verdict was that regardless of no ailing will or unhealthy intentions “mistakes were made”.
Turning to Boris Johnson, he praised “his warmth” however little else.
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Looking ahead to his personal premiership, he set out the context through which he takes energy in stark phrases.
He described a home financial disaster fuelled by world elements – the aftermath of the COVID pandemic and the vitality instability attributable to the warfare in Ukraine.
He stated he’ll deal with this by fiscal prudence and making ready his celebration and the nation for the hardship to come back, he talked concerning the “difficult decisions” that must be made.
His type of management additionally got here throughout clearly – he’ll “work day and night” to win again the belief of voters and put integrity on the coronary heart of his reign.
Reaching out to his celebration he indicated that he would usher in figures from all wings, persist with the 2019 manifesto and pursue the unity that has dominated this contest.
A reliable speech, that may calm his colleagues and reassure many citizens that he understands the duty forward.