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Rishi Sunak insists he will fight rest of election campaign despite D-Day backlash

Rishi Sunak has been forced to deny he will quit before polling day as he seeks to reinvigorate his stalled election campaign with a manifesto focused on tax cuts.

The Tory leader broke 48 hours of silence to vow he would carry on “until the last day” as he tried to draw a line under last week’s D-Day row.

A defiant PM also said he hoped voters could “find it in their hearts to forgive” him after an outpouring of criticism over his decision to leave the commemoration early.

Mr Sunak was accused of going into hiding after the snub, as rumours swirled that he might quit.

But he said he would not stop “fighting for the future of our country”, adding that he was “energised” by the vision his party was putting forward.

He also hit back at Nigel Farage‘s claim that he does not understand “our culture”, condemning the remarks as not “good for our politics or indeed our country”.

But in an interview with the BBC, Mr Sunak admitted it had got “harder” to get on the housing ladder under the Conservatives, adding that he wanted to “make sure it gets easier”.

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Mr Sunak also confirmed the manifesto will include tax cuts, saying: “We’re going to keep cutting people’s taxes. You’ll see that in our manifesto tomorrow.” “Saddling young people with higher taxes” would make it harder for them to save for a deposit to buy a house, he said, adding he wanted people to “keep more of their money”.

It came as:

Mr Sunak is expected to promise another cut to national insurance, but not scrap inheritance tax, as he fights for his political life.

He has already pledged not to raise income tax, national insurance or VAT and a new ‘triple lock plus’ to prevent pensioners paying income tax on the state pension.

Before Monday, he had not done a TV interview since he was asked on Friday about 98-year-old D-Day veteran Ken Hay, who said he had let the country down.

Mr Hay told Sky News: “He lets the country down… It’s not the representation of how we’re trying to weld things together to keep the peace.”

Mr Sunak was accused of effectively going into hiding after he avoided questions from reporters on Saturday.

Back in action on the campaign trail, he was asked about rumours he could stand down. He said: “People are gonna say what they’re gonna say. I am very confident in the actions that we’re putting forward for the British people.”

He added: “There are lots of people who want to write me off, write this off, say this campaign or the election is a foregone conclusion.

“They’ve been saying that, by the way, ever since I’ve got this job, right? Not since this election campaign.”

Mr Sunak added: “The reality is I’m not going to stop going, I’m not going to stop fighting for people’s votes, I’m not going to stop fighting for the future of our country.”

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