Rishi Sunak was met at Teesside International Airport in Darlington by an RAF jet which had travelled just over 200 miles from London as he filmed a GB News show
Rishi Sunak had a taxpayer-funded jet fly just over 200 miles to pick him up after he did an event to supposedly meet ordinary voters.
The VIP flight addict was met at Teesside International Airport in Darlington by an RAF plane after he was grilled by an audience at a GB News “People’s Panel”. A train from Darlington to London takes just under two-and-a-half hours.
The PM has been heavily criticised over his use of private planes, and this is the fourth time he’s taken an RAF VIP jet to events this year. A Labour source told The Mirror: “It’s the same old Rishi Sunak, getting whisked away from the People’s Panel to his own private plane. He can pretend to engage with the British public all he wants, but as soon as the show is over, he’s got his head straight back in the clouds, enjoying his luxury lifestyle at taxpayers’ expense.”
Flight records show a Dassault Falcon flew from RAF Northolt in London to Teesside International Airport, arriving at 7.50pm on Monday. It then took off again at 9.41pm, soon after Mr Sunak finished filming.
It is one of two RAF planes the PM has used in recent months. On January 8 he was flown to Preston and back to do a PM Connect event – a journey that would have taken just over two hours by train. Then on January 29 a Falcon flew empty to Darlington to bring Mr Sunak back to London after a visit to promote his anti-vaping policy.
And earlier this month, on February 8, Mr Sunak was flown to Newquay before the plane returned to the capital without him. A Government spokesman said: “The Prime Minister regularly uses all forms of travel. His travel plans will vary and are always decided with consideration to the most efficient and best use of his time, and the interests of the taxpayer”.
In June last year, Mr Sunak came under fire after taking a helicopter on a 74-mile journey to Kent to brag about his work to stop small boat crossings. This came despite him facing a backlash for taking a VIP chopper to Southampton last May – a journey that would have taken one hour and 15 minutes by train.