UK PM RISHI SUNAK forced to apologise after leaving 80th D-Day anniversary celebrations early to attend TV interview

Saturday, June 8, 2024 - British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has been forced into a grovelling apology after he left the 80th anniversary D-Day commemorations early to do a TV interview.

The Prime Minister was hit by a furious backlash after he left the sombre commemorations to attend a television interview ahead of the General Election.

Sunak attended a Franco-British event in the morning but left Foreign Secretary David Cameron to represent him at a major event at Omaha Beach attended by world leaders, including French President Emmanuel Macron and US President Joe Biden. Labour leader Keir Starmer attended the event.

The UK's Labour party accused him of a "dereliction of duty", while furious World War 2 veterans branded it a "great disappointment" that he skipped a major event in Normandy on Thursday afternoon, June 6.

Sunak shocked his own MPs with the decision, leading Tory veterans minister Johnny Mercer to criticise him for making a "significant mistake".

As the criticism grew, Sunak backtracked and issued an apology.

He said: "On reflection, it was a mistake not to stay in France longer – and I apologise." But Keir Starmer said he would have to answer for his choices.

Speaking to The Sun’s Never Mind The Ballots show, he said: "I get the outrage. It's a mistake. It's a significant mistake for which he's apologised.

“But I'm also not going to join the howls of the fake veterans supporters who say he doesn't treat veterans correctly, because it's not correct. He knows this is a mistake. He takes responsibility for everything because he's the Prime Minister.”

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