Chancellor Rishi Sunak praised for participating in BBC Big Night In

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Rishi Sunak has become an unlikely star on the BBC’s Big Night In special fundraising evening by announcing the government’s commitment to match every donation raised tonight.

The Chancellor, speaking from his home in Downing Street, told viewers that we will remember how “we came together as a country” in the fight against the coronavirus.

He announced that the government would match donations on a like-for-like basis, with the first £ 20 million going to the National Emergencies Trust.

Rishi Sunak became an unlikely star of the BBC Big Night In fundraising evening by announcing the government's commitment to match every donation raised this evening

Rishi Sunak became an unlikely star of the BBC Big Night In fundraising evening by announcing the government’s commitment to match every donation raised this evening

“Hi everyone, I know these are tough times,” said Sunak. “Look, we are all worried, worried about our health, our friends, our family.

“But I also think we will look back and remember that in this time of crisis, we have come together as a country.

“We were there for each other and that is the whole purpose of Big Night In, I am very grateful to everyone who made a donation this evening and do not forget that the government is committed to match each book you give, so please donate generously.

“After all, what better way to mark four weeks of stay and watch television than to … stay and watch television.” Enjoy the rest of the show and stay safe. “

Viewers were quick to congratulate the boss of the Treasury for his short appearance, including wearing a casual pair of jeans and a top rather than the “politician” suit.

BBC Radio 2 presenter Jeremy Vine said, “Probably the least pompous television appearance of a Chancellor of the Exchequer in history. #BigNightIn. ‘

Stephen Canning added: ‘B **** y have a good look having Rishi Sunak on the Big Night In dressed up like his normal car, rather than a politician, and pledging to match the funds.’

Sunak was seen as a potential future prime minister after being dropped into the post of chancellor after predecessor Sajid Javid resigned rather than firing his own staff.

An exclusive poll for The Mail on Sunday revealed that he was the voters’ choice to rule the country if Boris Johnson fell too ill, caught before PM went to St Thomas intensive care earlier this month.

While Foreign Minister Dominic Raab takes the helm while Johnson is incapacitated, Deltapoll’s investigation shows that Mr. Sunak – nicknamed “Dishy Rishi” by his Treasury colleagues – is supported as as prime minister by more than three times as many voters.

The government has confirmed that it will equal pound for pound “everything” lifted overnight.

The first £ 20 million will go to the National Emergencies Trust which was launched by the Duke of Cambridge to help people affected by the pandemic across the UK.

All matching funds after this amount will go to Children In and Comic Relief.

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