British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak apologizes for removing seat belts


Rishi Sunak apologized on Thursday for a “brief error of judgment” in removing his seatbelt.


British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak apologized on Thursday for a “single error of judgement” in taking off his seatbelt to film a social media video while driving to a destination in North West England.

Sunak’s Downing Street spokesman said he only took off his seatbelt briefly and admits he made a mistake.

In the UK, passengers caught not wearing a seatbelt in a car, unless covered by a valid medical waiver, can be fined £100 on the spot, rising to £500 if the case goes to court.

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“That was a brief error of judgement. The prime minister took off his seat belt to film a small clip. He fully accepts that this was a mistake and apologizes for it,” Sunak’s spokesman said.

“The prime minister believes that everyone should wear a seatbelt,” the spokesman added.

Sunak filmed a video promoting the new announcements of his government’s Leveling Up Fund to fund more than 100 projects across the country. Police motorcycles could be seen escorting his car as he addressed the camera.

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The opposition Labor Party said the latest incident added to “endlessly painful viewing” after an earlier video appeared to show Sunak struggling to make contactless payments with his card.

“Rishi Sunak doesn’t know how to deal with a seatbelt, his bank card, a train service, the economy, this country. This list grows every day and makes for endlessly painful watching,” said a Labor spokesperson.

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It came at the end of a day when he also came under fire from the opposition for using a Royal Air Force (RAF) jet to fly into the north of the country. Downing Street insisted that the use of the aircraft was to make the best use of the Prime Minister’s time.

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