UK PM Rishi Sunak is struggling just weeks after taking charge
UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak suffered a blow to his authority as he struggled to quell Conservative rebellions on multiple policy fronts, and his downcast Members of Parliament threatened an exodus from Westminster ahead of the next election. Just four weeks after entering No. 10 Downing Street promising “stability and unity,” Sunak’s administration is in danger of faltering on both its policy program and its ability to retain key Tory personnel amid a grim UK economic outlook, dire opinion polls and a string of ministerial scandals On Tuesday evening, Sunak was forced to pull a vote on major housebuilding plans due next week, after some 47 Tory backbenchers signed an amendment that threatened to defeat the government. Planning and housebuilding have long been a point of friction in the party, with rebel MPs concerned about a backlash from local communities in their traditionally leafy, rural areas. Sunak’s decision to run away from the vote rather than take on the rebels — despite housebuilding being a key Conservative manifesto commitment — suggests Downing Street is unable to pass key elements of its policy agenda, even with a working majority of 67.