UK President Rishi Sunak apologizes for not wearing a seatbelt in a clip on social media

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  • A spokesman said Mr Sunak had made an “error of judgment”.
  • He was filming a message for Instagram.
  • Spokesman Jamie Davies said the prime minister “fully accepts that this was a mistake and apologises”.
UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has apologized for taking off his seat belt to take a video on social media in a moving car.

A spokesman said Sunak had made an “error of judgment” while filming an Instagram message from the back of an official government vehicle during a visit to northwest England.

Spokesman Jamie Davies said the prime minister “fully accepts that this was a mistake and apologises”.
“The prime minister believes that everyone should wear seatbelts,” he said.

The video, where Mr Sunak discusses the latest round of government funding to “lift up” communities across the country, was shared widely on social media as Sunak addressed the camera from the back of his car without wearing a seatbelt.

Failure to wear a seatbelt is punishable in the UK with a fine of up to $896.

Sunak’s travel arrangements also drew criticism after it emerged he took a 28-minute flight on a taxpayer-funded flight from the northwest to the north-east of England while promoting government funding for community projects on Thursday.

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