Huge Rishi Sunak effigy carried through streets for UK bonfire as revellers boo

A giant effigy of the Prime Minister was met with boos as it was paraded through the streets of one of the UK's best-known bonfire night celebrations.

The statue of Rishi Sunak was joined by a likeness of Home Secretary Suella Braverman and Chancellor Jeremy Hunt during festivities in Lewes, Sussex, on last night (Sunday, November 5). The Sunak sculpture could be seen sporting a white shirt and peering out of a train carriage and carrying a torn piece of paper bearing RMT boss Mick Lynch's name, reports The Mirror.

Braverman was transformed into a purple sea monster similar to Ursula from Disney's The Little Mermaid next to a plane to Rwanda and a "no entry" sign, in reference to the Conservative Party's controversial policies towards refugees and asylum seekers. Hunt was carried through the crowds in a mansion and a sign that referenced HS2, which was partially axed earlier this year.

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All three effigies were burned during the Guy Fawkes celebrations, the largest in the UK which draw in thousands of people annually. Up to 80,000 people descended on the southeast England town to witness this year's festivities, while it is thought 5,000 marched through the streets.

As is tradition, an effigy of Fawkes himself – who tried to blow up the Houses of Parliament in 1605 – was also torched in the streets on Sunday evening. Dozens of people were required to hold up each flammable artwork.

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Last year a statue of Liz Truss, who lasted 49 days as Prime Minister in 2022, was burnt alongside a laughing lettuce in what appeared to be a touching tribute to the Daily Star.

Other recent effigies have included Boris Johnson, Matt Hancock and Jacob Rees-Mogg.

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