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Young Rishi Sunak’s carefree days in a members-only Mayfair nightclub

Undated photo of Rishi Sunak with a glass Image posted on Facebook February 11, 2007

With a smile of chest hair and a warm embrace of his future wife, this is a carefree boy Rishi Sunak long before he became entangled in the world of politics.

He was photographed in a Mayfair members-only nightclub in 2008, having just moved from California to work in London for a hedge fund run by a billionaire financier.

28 years old, Sunak was dating his future wife Akshata Murty, but the couple was just forced to make a very difficult decision.

While he went to Britain, she felt rooted in America and had decided to stay there, enrolling in a postgraduate course at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in LA.

Despite living 5,400 kilometers apart, the couple regularly flew back and forth across the Atlantic.

These photos show how they spent an evening with friends at the Whiskey Mist nightclub in London.

Ms Murty is seen with a cocktail while Mr Sunak (who says he is a total Coca-Cola addict) generously bought all the drinks for the couple’s friends that night.

Rishi Sunak and wife Akshata Murthy at Whiskey Mist members club, London

Rishi Sunak and wife Akshata Murthy at Whiskey Mist members club, London

Rishi Sunak and wife Akshata Murthy at Whiskey Mist members club, London

At the time, the Park Lane club was popular with the young Prince Harry and celebrities such as Beyoncé and Leonardo DiCaprio. Many years later, Tesla tycoon Elon Musk met his second wife, actress Tallulah Riley, there.

Whiskey Mist was apparently named after an incident in which a threatened Queen Victoria thought she saw a deer in the mist from the window of Balmoral Castle.

Friends of Mr. Sunak and his girlfriend that night recall how many of the guests were focused on Ms. Murty because of her family’s fabulous wealth.

Her father founded global IT giant Infosys.

Mr Sunak was described by a female reveler as ‘the most attentive friend you’ve ever seen’ and as ‘someone who would ask a lot of questions but not give too much away about himself’.

Not long before, he had been to Africa, where he met some of Barack Obama’s relatives. He was photographed with her holding a copy of the future US president’s book, Dreams From My Father: A Story Of Race And Inheritance.

The photo was posted on Mr Sunak’s Facebook page. Mr. Obama used his book as a primer to introduce himself to the American people when he campaigned in 2008 to become the first black American president.

Fourteen years later, the young Brit captivated by that book is campaigning to become Britain’s first prime minister of Asian heritage – and of America’s greatest ally.

Rishi Sunak's wife Akshata Murthy (left) at Whiskey Mist members club, London. Picture by Michelle Bromley-Mcghie DECEMBER 2008

Rishi Sunak's wife Akshata Murthy (left) at Whiskey Mist members club, London. Picture by Michelle Bromley-Mcghie DECEMBER 2008

Rishi Sunak’s wife Akshata Murthy (left) at Whiskey Mist members club, London. Picture by Michelle Bromley-Mcghie DECEMBER 2008

Rishi: Compensate victims of blood scandal ‘without delay’

By Brendan Carlin, political correspondent for the Post on Sunday

Rishi Sunak called on the victims of the infected blood scandal to receive £100,000 compensation payments ‘without delay’.

The Prime Minister said it was a ‘tragic injustice’ and added: ‘Survivors and their families must now have certainty.’

Liz Truss, his Tory leadership rival, said victims and their families had ‘waited long enough to get the compensation they need’ and said as prime minister she would ensure compensation was delivered ‘as soon as possible’ paid.

Their intervention came after three former health secretaries said the £100,000 payments recommended by an official inquiry would be made as soon as possible because victims’ life expectancies had been shortened dramatically.

Former Labor Health Secretary Andy Burnham called on Boris Johnson to authorize the payments before he leaves Downing Street next month.

Rishi Sunak called on victims of infected blood scandal to receive £100,000 compensation payments 'without delay'

Rishi Sunak called on victims of infected blood scandal to receive £100,000 compensation payments 'without delay'

Rishi Sunak called on victims of infected blood scandal to receive £100,000 compensation payments ‘without delay’

He told the BBC: ‘Please, Prime Minister, do this today, say you are doing it today, nobody will disagree, every MP will support it, people have waited far too long.’

Former Tory health secretaries Jeremy Hunt and Matt Hancock both said they believed the government should make the payments as soon as possible.

Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, Mr Hunt said waiting until the end of the Tory leadership contest would be too late for many victims. Mr Hancock said there was a ‘moral duty on the state, the government, to pay compensation’.

At least 5,000 people contracted HIV or hepatitis C in the 1970s and 1980s after receiving contaminated blood products and transfusions on the NHS.

Last week, Sir Brian Langstaff, chairman of the inquiry into the scandal, said that interim payments of at least £100,000 should be paid ‘without delay, to all those infected and all robbed partners’.

The Cabinet Office said yesterday that it would act on compensation recommendations ‘with the utmost urgency’ and a copy of the inquiry’s report would be laid before MPs ‘once parliament reconvenes’ next month.

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