Sunak joined by wife Akshata Murty for visit to ‘family hub’

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Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and wife Akshata Murty met parents, babies and toddlers during a visit to promote the £300 million “family hubs” programme.

They met parents at the St Austell Family Hub in Cornwall who have completed a parenting skills course and spoke to them about their experiences.

One parent spoke of her anxiety at becoming a mother and being unable to be a parent and said the hub staff really helped with her confidence.

“But I knew that wasn’t the case. They (the staff) were really, really helpful.”

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Akshata Murty at the St Austell Family Hub (Ben Stansall/PA)

Mr Sunak asked one mother: “What was the thing you found most helpful in the support?”

She replied: “I think the one to one sessions I had was really helpful and someone is always there at the end of a phone.”

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Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and his wife Akshata Murty during the visit to St Austell (Ben Stansall/PA)

The Prime Minister replied: “That the thing about finding parents in a similar situation and talking things through together.”

Mr Sunak and Ms Murty also joined a health visitor review where parent Giselle was visiting with her two sons, Brody, aged two, and six-month-old Seth.

Ms Murty talked about the 18-month age gap between the children and Giselle replied: “Hopefully they are going to share the same things.”

The Prime Minister joined in with a tower Brody was building out of blocks.

He told Brody: “You are doing it all, look at that.

“We are running out of bricks.”

Ms Murty added: “I still remember doing it with our two.”

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Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and his wife Akshata Murty (right) speak with Giselle, the mother of Seth, six months, and Brody, two, during the St Austell visit (Ben Stansall/PA)

One mother asked the Prime Minister whether he had stayed overnight in Cornwall and he replied: “I just got in this morning.

“It would have been nice to get away but sadly not.”

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