Rishi Sunak wears £750 backpack to one of UK's poorest areas as he's asked about taking cash away

Rishi Sunak took the backpack as he got on the train to Penzance
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Rishi Sunak, the Prime Minister, was seen sporting a luxury £750 backpack as he embarked on his campaign trail to one of the country's most impoverished regions. The PM was spotted with a high-end Tumi bag, personalised with his initials "RS", as he boarded the train to Cornwall.

It is believed that the backpack is the Tumi Arrive Bradley model, which retails for £750 in upscale stores such as Selfridges.

Upon his arrival in Cornwall, Mr Sunak was confronted with questions regarding his decision to divert levelling up funds from the county to finance his National Service plan. This move could potentially deprive some of the UK's poorest areas of much-needed funding for community safety and high street regeneration.

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According to research by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS), areas such as Merthyr Tydfil in South Wales, Cornwall, and the Tees Valley stand to lose the most from the closure of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund and the redirection of £1.5 billion to fund National Service instead. The UKSPF amounts to £145 per person in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

Despite this, Mr Sunak maintained that he is "absolutely committed" to levelling up in Cornwall, reports the Mirror.

Rishi Sunak has often been seen showcasing his wealth during his political campaigns. Notably, in July 2022, he was spotted wearing £490 Prada suede shoes while visiting a construction site amid his bid to become the leader of the Conservative Party.

Clad in the pricey brown loafers at the Teesside Freeport, he spoke to Teesside Live, saying: "I know things are tough and people are feeling anxious about how they're going to pay these bills."

The Prime Minister and his wife Akshata Murty are considered the wealthiest couple ever to reside at Downing Street. Their staggering combined fortune of £651million surpasses even that of the King, placing them high on the UK's rich list.

This wealth is largely attributed to Ms Murty's shares in Infosys, an Indian IT firm founded by her father.

In a more light-hearted incident earlier this month, Mr Sunak found himself issuing a heartfelt apology to fans of Adidas Samba after facing mockery for a photo where he donned the trainers with formal attire. The image, which showed him pairing the sneakers with suit trousers and a white shirt, drew ridicule and prompted commentary from various publications.

Dazed magazine lamented, "Rishi has killed Sambas", and GQ humorously pleaded, "Can Rishi Sunak leave the Adidas Samba alone, please? ".

When questioned on LBC about "destroying the fashion icon", Mr Sunak responded: "Well, I issue a fulsome apology to the Samba community. But in my defence I would say I have been wearing Adidas and Sambas and others, in fact, for many, many years. It's the first pair my brother got for me many, many years ago. [I got] my first pair of fun Adidas trainers as a Christmas present and I haven't looked back since so I've been a long-time devotee."