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The prime minister donates to higher education and Labour floats a student finance plan

One of Labour’s attack lines against Rishi Sunak in next year’s election will be that the multimillionaire is out of touch with the lives of ordinary voters. Yesterday, Labour was handed a gift—or more accurately, reports of a gift to a higher education institution provided the prime minister’s opponents with political capital.

The Sunday People—the Mirror’s weekend title—reported that Sunak and his wife Akshata Murty had donated $3 million (£2.4m) to Claremont McKenna, a liberal arts college in California. Murty is a graduate of the school, where she studied undergraduate French and economics.

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