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R ishi Sunak has faced off against Sir Keir Starmer at Prime Minister’s Questions in his first Commons outing as leader, after the Government confirmed that the much-awaited fiscal statement will be delayed. The Labour leader welcomed Mr Sunak, saying it was a “significant moment in our national story” that he was the first Prime Minister of South Asian descent. Mr Hunt said it was “prudent” to delay the statement, which is now an “upgraded” full Autumn statement, to allow for the most up-to-date economic forecasts. He said the plans would show debt falling in the medium term. The new-look Cabinet met for the first at 9.30am, with minister Nadhim Zahawi telling journalists as he left that the party was “very united”.
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