Rishi Sunak plays splat-a-rat in Great Ayton while on the campaign trail

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak playing 'Splat the Rat' at a village fete in Great Ayton
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It was fun and games in North Yorkshire for Rishi Sunak as he took part in splat-a-rat at a village fair.

The Prime Minister was in the region today on the campaign trail ahead of the election next month. During his visit Mr Sunak went along to the village fair in Great Ayton to speak with residents enjoying a day out.

Mr Sunak is said to have received a largely warm welcome from punters at the fair in his own backyard. Great Ayton, in North Yorkshire, is a village in The Prime Minister's Richmond constituency and he met stall holders, chatted with members of the public and played a game of splat the rat.

He was welcomed by applause from some who appeared to be local Conservative members, but a consultant who identified herself as only Chloe to the PA news agency asked the Prime Minister about the NHS backlog as he arrived.

The doctor, who said she recently re-joined Labour ahead of the election, said she "wanted to know what his plan is for waiting lists" and claimed the Government had left the NHS "completely unprepared" for the pandemic.

Mr Sunak posed for photographs at the Great Ayton fair
Mr Sunak posed for photographs at the Great Ayton fair -Credit:Getty Images

Elsewhere at the fete, children shouted "we love you Rishi" and filmed the Prime Minister as he visited a stall fronted by gift bags which read "Wine or Surprise".

Tom Wilson, Labour's candidate for the reorganised Richmond and Northallerton constituency that Mr Sunak is seeking to hold, was also at the village event and at one point could be seen following the Prime Minister's party at a distance.

At the last election, Mr Sunak had a majority of more than 27,000 over his nearest rival, the then-Labour candidate Thomas Kirkwood.

Also during today's visit Rishi Sunak visited a walled garden at Auckland Castle in Bishop Auckland on the campaign trail. But an opportunity for the media to put questions to him did not take place as was originally planned.

Mr Sunak visited the stalls at the village fair
Mr Sunak visited the stalls at the village fair -Credit:PA

The change of plan follows the fallout on Friday (June 7) of his early return from D-Day commemorations in Normandy. He went on to apologise, saying 'it was a mistake' not to stay in France for the international event after attending the British ceremony in Normandy.

Mr Sunak came under intense criticism after it emerged he missed the D-Day event with fellow world leaders to head back to the UK for an ITV interview. Instead, Foreign Secretary Lord Cameron was the senior UK minister at the event.

Last week, Mr Sunak visited Redcar vowed to tackle poverty on Teesside following a shocking report which revealed 35% of North-East children are going without.