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Rishi Sunak vows to put UK on ‘crisis footing’ if he becomes PM

Former chancellor to give speech pledging to set up vaccines-style taskforce to deal with NHS backlogs

Rishi Sunak has said he would put the UK on a “crisis footing” from his first day as prime minister.

In a speech in Grantham on Saturday, the Lincolnshire home town of Margaret Thatcher, Sunak will try to move the debate on from tax cuts to the NHS by pledging to put the health service on a “war footing” with a vaccines-style taskforce set up to drive down the “emergency” of “massive backlogs”.

PA Media contributed to this report.

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