On October 4, a remarkable and unexpected event unfolded at the Conservative Party conference in Manchester. Akshata Murty the Indian-born First Lady of the United Kingdom, took to the stage to introduce her husband, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, as he delivered his inaugural speech in his new role. Her warm and candid address brought a unique personal touch to the political gathering.
In her lighthearted and personal speech, Akshata Murty, who is the daughter of Infosys co-founder Narayan Murthy, confessed that her impromptu appearance as the warm-up act for the Prime Minister was a surprise not only for her husband but also for their daughters, Krishna and Anoushka. This unexpected and unscripted moment added a touch of authenticity and relatability to the event.
During her speech, the 43-year-old First Lady Akshata Murty openly expressed her pride in Rishi Sunak’s accomplishments and underscored that it was his “honesty and integrity” that had initially drawn her to him when they were both students at Stanford University.
Akshata Murty’s speech also shed light on her husband’s personality, portraying him as “fun, thoughtful, and compassionate.” She shared anecdotes about his love for rom-coms and highlighted his zest for life. Murty credited Sunak’s strength of character, honesty, and integrity as the qualities that continue to inspire her after 14 years of marriage.
Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, following his wife’s heartfelt introduction, echoed her sentiments in his address. He declared that Akshata Murty was the “best long-term decision for a brighter future” he had ever made. In his speech, he discussed the government’s achievements under his leadership and announced the cancellation of the HS2 railway project, redirecting funds to benefit regions across the country.
Sunak’s address also tackled the issue of tax cuts, a topic that had been raised by his predecessor. He reiterated his stance on not implementing tax cuts, emphasising that such a move could lead to inflation. His speech presented him as a leader ready to bring about change in the political landscape and address long-term challenges.
The unexpected presence of Akshata Murty on the political stage added a personal dimension to the Conservative Party conference. Her genuine and affectionate introduction of her husband, Rishi Sunak, emphasised their strong bond and his dedication to the UK.