Keir Starmer will face off in opposition to his third Tory prime minister in as many months after Rishi Sunak enters No. 10 immediately.

The previous chancellor brings a brand new set of challenges for his Labour rival as Starmer seeks to take care of his occasion’s hefty lead within the polls. And as Sunak prepares for his first Prime Minister’s Questions as Tory chief, he too will probably be conscious that “whereas he has received the keys to Downing Road”, his “subsequent opponent would be the Labour chief in a common election”, stated Sky Information.

What did the papers say?

“Sunak is dangerous information for Labour and the opposition events, they usually could as nicely withstand it,” stated Sean O’Grady in The Unbiased. The Tories now haven’t solely “an honest new chief”, but in addition “a brand new ‘narrative’”.

Boris Johnson was accused of damaging the Tory occasion’s ethical and moral authority, whereas Liz Truss shredded the occasion’s long-fostered repute for financial competence. Against this, Sunak resigned from Johnson’s authorities over the Partygate scandal and foresaw the monetary disaster of Trussonomics.

As Sunak takes the helm, the Tories have lastly obtained “what they actually wanted above all” – an “purpose and goal”, wrote O’Grady. “Fixing the financial system” will imply “powerful selections now, higher occasions forward. No extra chaos and confusion. Easy as that, and endlessly repeated.”

However different commentators identified that whereas Sunak focuses on the financial system, many citizens will stay targeted on his private wealth, because the cost-of-living disaster worsens. The brand new Tory chief is the wealthiest MP in Parliament, with a household fortune estimated to be higher than that of the King.

Whereas Sunak did “enhance and sharpen up his message” throughout his first, failed bid for the Tory management, stated the i information web site’s Paul Waugh, the lengthy summer time marketing campaign “additionally uncovered weaknesses that Labour is bound to use mercilessly”.

As Sunak’s “sharp swap from furlough hero to too-little-too-late vitality invoice helper confirmed, he’s already discovered it’s infinitely simpler for a wealthy man to play Santa than it’s to play Scrooge”, Waugh continued. And “his spouse’s non-dom standing” and “botched” plan to hike Nationwide Insurance coverage, together with “his job as a former Goldman Sachs analyst and his resolution to ship his youngsters to elite public faculties”, all present “fertile assault areas for Labour which may be neatly summed up as “the ‘4 Ts’ – technocracy, tax, tycoonery and treachery”.

Sunak’s character has additionally come underneath assault by the opposition. “The commonest phrase that Labour figures use to explain the chancellor is ‘useless’,” stated Ailbhe Rea in The New Statesman earlier this 12 months. The opposition “imagine he makes political miscalculations” as a result of he’s “self-regarding, inexperienced and delicate”, Rea wrote.

The Tories, flip, are more likely to counterattack by pointing to Labour’s historical past of all-white, all-male management. The Conservatives “have left Labour within the mud on range”, stated The Occasions’s social affairs editor James Beal, by assembling “probably the most numerous senior workforce in British political historical past” headed by the nation’s first ethic-minority PM

“A lot will depend on how Labour select to sort out our new prime minister,” stated Tom Harris in The Telegraph. “It might solely take one undisciplined Labour MP to disparage Sunak’s ethnicity as ‘superficial’ or ‘pretend’ on account of his private wealth and political beliefs to remind voters of how dedicated to the rabbit gap of identification politics Labour is today.”

What subsequent?

With Britain engulfed in political and financial disaster, his occasion divided and strain rising to name a common election, Sunak must hit the bottom working (to paraphrase his predecessor) in an effort to win again public help.

All eyes will probably be on who Sunak appoints to his prime workforce in a re-shuffle that’s anticipated to convey collectively his personal supporters with backers of Johnson and defeated management contender Penny Mordaunt. Whether or not Jeremy Hunt stays as chancellor forward of subsequent Monday’s much-anticipated fiscal assertion could supply insights into how Sunak will attempt to revive the financial system and stabilise the markets.

Tomorrow’s PMQs must also present a flavour of how Sunak intends to sort out his major Labour rival.

“Contained in the opposition chief’s workplace, Sunak is extensively considered beatable,” stated Politico’s Esther Webber. One such insider reportedly identified that “that is the person who spent the summer time being embarrassed and outperformed” by Truss.

However Harris cautioned in The Telegraph that whereas Starmer could also be “tempted” to attempt to embarrass Sunak over his private wealth, the riches of the PM and his household are “land mines” that Labour “should be very cautious of stepping on”. As a substitute, “Labour must be seen as a celebration of aspiration, and never only for these on the backside of the financial pile”.

In accordance with Webber,  an unnamed “Labour MP recommended the occasion would now deal with the Conservatives’ tarnished model and their 12-year report in energy somewhat than on particular people within the subsequent election marketing campaign, hammering them on the autumn in many individuals’s dwelling requirements and on struggling transport and well being providers.”

As the 2 leaders ready to go head-to-head within the Commons, Webber concluded that “Sunak could must up his sport once more for the challenges forward”.