Amid UK Energy Crisis, a Wild Story About PM's Pool

Rishi Sunak is paying for the electrical grid update required for his pool, sources say
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 13, 2023 1:29 AM CDT
British PM's Private Pool Uses So Much Energy, Grid Needed an Update
British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak disembarks his plane in San Diego, Sunday, March 12, 2023, as he arrives in the States for meetings with President Biden and Australia Prime Minister Anthony Albanese in AUKUS, a trilateral security pact among the three countries.   (Stefan Rousseau/Pool Photo via AP)

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak recently had a new gym, tennis court, and heated 40-foot pool installed at his weekend manor home, and the pool requires so much energy that an update to the electrical grid was required. According to the Guardian's sources, Sunak is paying for the tens of thousands of dollars worth of work himself, and is also covering the cost of the pool's ongoing electrical needs. The newspaper notes that the headline comes at a time when "many Britons are facing increased electricity bills—and are trying to limit their energy usage." Indeed, the BBC recently reported that the UK's energy crisis was forcing many public pools to shut down. (More Rishi Sunak stories.)

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