Rishi Sunak’s speech on funding urban areas ‘misunderstood’, says Tory ex-minister

Rishi Sunak’s speech on funding urban areas ‘misunderstood’, says Tory ex-minister

Former minister Andrew Mitchell has defended Rishi Sunak, claiming his comments on taking money from deprived urban areas and redirecting it towards more prosperous towns such as Tunbridge Wells were “misunderstood”. The former chancellor sparked outrage after he made the admission while speaking to Conservative party members in the affluent Kent town on Friday. “I managed to start changing the funding formulas to make sure areas like this are getting the funding they deserved,” Sunak said in comments captured on …