The Prime Minister’s local political opponents have criticised his decision to donate $3m to a college in the US.
Rishi Sunak and his wife Akshata Murty paid for a computing lab at Claremont McKenna in California where his wife studied economics and French as an undergraduate, it emerged in the national press at the weekend.
Fees are $86,500 a year for tuition and board at the college.
The facility, which reportedly has hi-tech chairs that cost £650 each, is named the Murty Sunak Quantitative and Computing Lab in the couple’s honour.
Their names appear on a sign outside and on the door.
The donation in 2018 came three years after Mr Sunak became MP for Richmond.
Last night, The MP’s political opponents in Richmondshire lined up to criticise the donation.
Daniel Callaghan, Liberal Democrat prospective parliamentary candidate, will go head to head with Rishi Sunak in next year’s general election.
He said: “While every single school across his own constituency struggles to make ends meet because of years of Tory underfunding, Rishi Sunak is handing millions of pounds to a private school in California.
“You couldn’t make it up. This man is out of touch and needs to go. We deserve better.”
Green Party county councillor Kevin Foster, who represents Hipswell and Colburn on North Yorkshire Council, said: “It’s clear that wherever Rishi Sunak’s loyalties lie they are not with the people and families here in his North Yorkshire constituency.
“This is why people should vote for a local candidate to be their MP, who they know will always put their interests first.”