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Rishi Sunak ‘pantomime’ police escort with jogging cops ‘like North Korea’

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Rishi Sunak has come under fire for an over-the-top motorcade escorting him around central London that saw him compared to North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un.

In scenes that wouldn't have looked out of place in North Korea, the PM was seen being driven alongside a huge entourage with police on bikes and some officers breathlessly running alongside him.

Many on social media were quick to criticise the heavy-handed policing.

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One viral tweet with an accompanying video read: "Is this really necessary? Look at how Rishi Sunak gets escorted through London."

The PoliticsUK account meanwhile tweeted: "Rishi Sunak’s police escort now consists of actual officers running beside his car… as well as pedal bikes."

They shared a longer clip where lines of policemen and women pant and puff as they try and keep pace with the motorcade.

One user replied to the video saying: "Looks like a homage to Pyongyang on military parade day."

Another wrote: "Does anyone remember else chuckling at Kim Jong Un guys having to run alongside his car when he met with Donald Trump while the POTUS arrive in a great cavalcade? This is how far we've fallen."

Some however thought it was a storm in a teacup.

"Doesn't this happen every time the president leaves the house? What's the problem?" one person wrote.

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The PM is in hot water over his failure to declare his wife Akshata Murty's financial interest in a multi-million pound childcare company.

It is now known she has shares in Koru Kids, a childcare agency which could benefit from a policy change announced in last month's budget.

He now faces an investigation from the Parliamentary Standards Committee over not mentioning them during a committee appearance last month.

Bonuses for childminders were announced in the Budget on 15 March as part of the government's shakeup of childcare.

Koru Kids is one of six agencies listed in government guidance on childminder agencies.

Under the scheme, childminders who sign up to the profession will be paid 'incentive payments' of £600.

This would rise to £1,200 for those who join through an agency, meaning the pilot might generate more business for companies such as Koru Kids.

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