RISHI Sunak has been congratulated on becoming the UK’s newest Prime Minister by Solihull’s Conservative MPs.
Mr Sunak was chosen by Conservative MPs to become the country’s third leader in seven weeks and the UK’s first British Asian PM.
In his first speech outside Downing Street on Tuesday, October 25, Mr Sunak said the country faces ‘profound economic crisis’ and that tough decisions will need to be made.
Mr Sunak has ruled out an early general election, despite calls from Labour, the Scottish National Party, the Liberal Democrats and the Green Party.
Meriden MP, Saqib Bhatti, said: “I am delighted to see Rishi Sunak become Prime Minister having supported his bid to become leader of the Conservative Party.
“I feel immensely proud of Rishi and the Party on this historic day.
“I believe Rishi is the right man for the moment as he will bring stability and calm to the nation as we need it most.
“I will work closely with the new Prime Minister and his team so that we continue to deliver for my constituents.”
Solihull MP, Julian Knight, said: “I congratulate Rishi Sunak on his election as leader of the Conservative Party.
“I will support the new government in Parliament and I look forward to working constructively with our new Prime Minister to deliver the priorities of my constituents in Solihull.”
Business leaders in Birmingham have called for a “meaningful partnership” with new Prime Minister.
Henrietta Brealey, chief executive of Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce, said: “The incoming Prime Minister has already stressed the need for a period of stability.
“Businesses will be hoping that translates into a period of calm as they navigate the ongoing headwinds of inflation, a challenging labour market and significant increases in energy costs, while doing what business does best: identifying opportunities for growth.
“In his previous role as Chancellor, Mr Sunak provided unprecedented support to steer businesses through the depths of the pandemic. We hope to see a meaningful partnership with businesses at the centre of his government’s agenda.”
Amina Hussain and Omar Rashid, co-presidents of the Asian Business Chamber of Commerce, part of the GBCC, said in a statement: “Whatever our thoughts on politics, his appointment is a positive given that he is the first prime minister from an Asian background.
“We cannot hide away from the fact there is still an inbalance of Asian and BAME leaders who are given the time to flourish. We await eagerly to see how he performs for the remainder of his term.”