Rishi Sunak urged his opposite number, Labour’s Rachel Reeves, to welcome new money for her constituency by tweeting a graphic after the Budget on Wednesday – but it appears that the Chancellor has got his geography wrong.
Disappointing that the MP for Leeds West didn't welcome the #Budget2021 announcement today to level up transport connections in her constituency with £20 million from the Levelling Up Fund.
— Rishi Sunak (@RishiSunak) October 27, 2021
“If he wants to invest £20m in Leeds West, I would absolutely welcome it, but that £20m goes to a Tory constituency, not to my constituency, so I’m not exactly sure what the Chancellor wants me to welcome,” Rachel Reeves told ITV.
“I also gather that he is in Bury Market today and referred to it as Burnley Market, so perhaps for Christmas somebody should buy him an A-Z or a constituency map so he can work out where he is in the country… I don’t think he knows his geography too well.”
Shadow Chancellor @RachelReevesMP responds to Rishi Sunak’s budget tweet: “If he wants to invest £20m in Leeds West I would welcome it, but that £20m goes to a Tory constituency, not to my constituency, so I’m not exactly sure what the chancellor wants me to welcome.” pic.twitter.com/F6fNWSseca
— Harry Horton (@harry_horton) October 28, 2021
Labour has highlighted that Sunak referred to “Burnley Market, world-famous Burnley Market” during a BBC interview today when he was actually in the middle of Bury Market, over 20 miles away.