Rishi Sunak wears expensive Tumi bag during campaign in one of UK’s poorest areas, netizens say ’rich man owns...’

UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak was spotted travelling with an expensive Tumi bag during his campaign in one of the country's poorest areas. The pricey and stylish bag was monogrammed with his initials ‘RS’

Livemint, Written By Sharmila Bhadoria
First Published30 May 2024
UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak was seen carrying a  <span class='webrupee'>₹</span> 79,000 backpack during his campaign visit.
UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak was seen carrying a ₹ 79,000 backpack during his campaign visit.

Amid the ongoing UK national election campaign, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak was spotted wearing a 750-pound (approximately 79,497) luxury Tumi backpack. Ironically, the British premier took his expensive Tumi bag, monogrammed with his initials ‘RS’, to one of the country's poorest areas during his campaign trail.

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Rishi Sunak was photographed with the highly expensive backpack when he was boarding a train to Cornwall.

Sunak took the sleeper service to Penzance as part of the Conservative Party's campaign in the South West of England. According to a Manchester Evening News report, the luxury accessory is assumed to be the Tumi Arrive Bradley backpack, which is being sold for £750 in high-end stores, including Selfridges.

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Rishi Sunak, who has often been criticised for flaunting his wealth on the campaign trail, garnered a myriad of comments on social media for carrying the super-expensive backpack during his campaign trail. While many users criticised Sunak, several others supported him.

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“Rich man owns expensive things,” said a social media user.

“That would go well with Keir’s £500 hoodie he loves to wear ….lets face it they’ve both got money to waste (I believe KS is worth £7,000,000). This argument about how much is being spent on clothing and accessories is very tired and very boring,” wrote another user, drawing a comparison between the two leaders.

"Maybe if you ever get a proper job, maybe YOU can afford "nice things"," commented another X user.

“As a kid at school we had name tapes to identify ownership of our uniform, but I have not since I grew up needed my name marked on my stuff,” wrote another X user jokingly.

During his campaign trail, Rishi Sunak had to face some tough questions about why he is taking levelling-up funds away from the country to pay for his National Service Plan, according to the report. The scheme could deprive some of the UK's poorest areas of cash for community safety and high street regeneration.

Not the first time when Sunak's wealth came in display during campaign

Notably, this was not the first time when Rishi Sunak made headlines with his super-expensive belongings during the campaign trail. In July 2022, he wore £490 Prada suede shoes during his visit to a building site while he was trying to become a Tory leader.

Also Read: Rishi Sunak and wife Akshata Murty richer than King Charles! Wealth surges by 12.91 billion in a year

Sunak richer than King Charles III

UK PM Rishi Sunak and his wife, Akshata Murty, are the richest couple in the UK. Their combined wealth is £651 million which is around twice the estimated wealth of King Charles III. The couple's assets are driven largely by Murty's stake in Infosys.

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