TORY leadership contender Rishi Sunak has said he would be "a very happy man" if he could run Southampton Football Club.

At a hustings event in Exeter on Monday, Mr Sunak was asked what his job would be if he wasn't a politician.

The former chancellor - who wants to be the next Prime Minister - said: "If I could run Southampton Football Club, I'd be a very happy man."

Mr Sunak, who grew up in Southampton, also said that he wanted to be in a Star Wars film as a child.

Mr Sunak now represents the Yorkshire constituency of Richmond, but was born and grew up in Southampton.

His mother Usha was then manager of Weston Pharmacy, while his father Yashvir was a GP in Raymond Road, Shirley.

His father had a season ticket to watch Southampton FC and Mr Sunak has said his childhood hero was Matt Le Tissier.

For his 18th birthday, he received a card signed by the Southampton football squad, which became “one of his most prized possessions”.

Liz Truss and Mr Sunak are going head-to-head in hustings across the country in their bids to succeed Boris Johnson.

Conservative Party members will vote with an announcement due in September.

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