Liverpool reacts to Rishi Sunak's 'disgusting' D-Day exit

People in Liverpool have described Rishi Sunak's decision to leave a D-Day ceremony early as "disgusting and disrespectful."

Last Thursday marked the 80th anniversary of D-Day when the Allied Forces landed in Normandy to liberate Western Europe from Nazi rule.

To commemorate the anniversary, world leaders and veterans gathered in Normandy at the site of what was the largest naval invasion in history.

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Controversially, the Prime Minister left the event early to return to the UK to conduct an interview with ITV.

This meant it was the Foreign Secretary, Lord Cameron, that was photographed alongside US President Joe Biden, French President Emmanuel Macron, and the German Chancellor Olaf Scholz.

Despite Mr Sunak being quick to apologise for his ‘mistake’, we wanted to find out what the people of Liverpool thought of the Prime Minister’s decision to leave the event.

Today we visited Liverpool’s Sefton Park to see what people thought of the Prime Minister's actions.

The overwhelming sentiment among those we spoke to was one of disrespect, with people expressing the belief that Mr Sunak should have stayed for the duration of the event.

Stephen Carter, from Aigburth was amongst those who thought this.

The 43-year-old said: “‘I think it was insensitive, it was a big moment for a lot of people, they made quite a lot of effort to get over there, especially the older generation.”

Richard Goulding, 73, from Old Swan shared the view that Sunak had acted insensitively.

He said: “Disgusting and disrespectful. He is the Prime Minister of this country; he should have been there and stayed until the end”.

Stephen also thought that leaving the event may have damaged Sunak’s reputation.

He said: “All the world leaders were there, Macron, Biden, and Scholz stayed to the end, but Sunak couldn’t stay, it didn’t look great for him”.

Others were less shocked by the Prime Minister’s actions.

Elsbeth Mclean, 71, from the Sefton Park area said: “I don’t really have a strong view about it because I don’t expect very much of him whatever he does.”

Martin Bates, from Woolton, thought that Sunak’s decision to leave the D-Day commemorations is unlikely to be a deciding factor in the upcoming General Election.

He said: “People have probably made their minds up anyway.”

Martin also stressed that there are other issues that peoples’ attention should not be turned away from such as the ongoing violence in Gaza.

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