Rishi Sunak wears £750 backpack on night train to Cornwall

Rishi Sunak took the backpack as he got on the train to Penzance
-Credit: (Image: Aaron Chown/PA Wire)


Rishi Sunak was spotted wearing a £750 backpack as he boarded a train to Cornwall. The Prime Minister was pictured with a luxury Tumi bag personalised with his initials "RS" as he took the sleeper service to Penzance today (Wednesday, May 29).

According to The Mirror, the bag is thought to be the Tumi Arrive Bradley backpack. It sells for £750 in high-end shops including Selfridges.

After arriving in Cornwall, Mr Sunak faced questions about why he's taking levelling up funds away from the county to pay for his National Service plan. The scheme could deprive some of the UK's poorest areas of money for community safety and high street regeneration.

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Cornwall is among the areas with the most to lose from closing the UK Shared Prosperity Fund. However, Mr Sunak has insisted that he is "absolutely committed" to levelling up in Cornwall.

He told Cornwall Live: "I'm absolutely committed to levelling up in Cornwall. Our track record, whether it's investment in high streets and town centres - Penzance, Truro, St Ives, Camborne - or whether it's the huge investment in the Royal Cornwall Hospital for the new women and children's unit, the outpatients unit that's coming here (Penzance) or new diagnostics centres right across Cornwall, or the Mid Cornwall Metro, for example.

"That investment will always continue under a Conservative government. When it comes to National Service, I think it will be transformational for the young people and society in Cornwall and indeed the country. Why? Because it will give young people skills and opportunities that will serve them well in life. It will foster a culture of service, and make us a more cohesive society and it will strengthen our country's resilience and security. It will become a rite of passage for people and change our country for the better.

"Today's announcement on apprenticeships which will mean we will close down under-performing degrees that are letting young people down and use that money to create 100,000 high quality apprenticeships. You talk about low wages, the best way to increase people's wages, as I was discussing with the apprentices this morning, is to build amazing careers."

Rishi Sunak took the backpack as he got on the train to Penzance
Rishi Sunak took the backpack as he got on the train to Penzance -Credit: Aaron Chown/PA Wire

Mr Sunak has a history of showing off his wealth on the campaign trail. In July 2022, he wore £490 Prada suede shoes on a visit to a building site as he was trying to become Tory leader.

The millionaire donned the brown loafers as he toured the Teesside Freeport. While wearing the shoes, he told Teesside Live: “I know things are tough and people are feeling anxious about how they're going to pay these bills.”

Mr Sunak and his wife Akshata Murty are the richest inhabitants of Downing Street in history. Their combined £651million fortune put them above the King on the list of the wealthiest people in the country.

It is driven largely by Ms Murty's stake in Infosys - an Indian IT company her father founded.