Rishi Sunak fired party president over tax dispute

Rishi Sunak fired party president over tax dispute

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A demonstrator holds a placard criticizing Nadim Zahavi, outside 10 Downing Street in London on January 25, 2023. Rishi Sunak, the chairman of the Conservative Party, was sacked on Sunday. Toby Melville/Reuters

In a letter made public, the prime minister cites “serious breaches of the ministerial code” in support of his decision.

Downing Street announced on Sunday that British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has sacked minister without portfolio and Conservative Party chairman Nadim Zahawi over a breach of the cabinet code linked to his tax disputes.

After an independent investigation,It is clear that there has been a serious breach of the Ministerial Codewrote the head of government in a letter published by Downing Street.Accordingly, I inform you of my decision to remove you from your position in Her Majesty’s Government.Rishi Sunak continued.

By sacking Nadim Zahawi instead of asking him to resign, Rishi Sunak wants to assert his authority, which he promised upon his arrival in Downing Street”Integrity, Professionalism and AccountabilityBritain’s prime minister on Monday instructed his independent ethics adviser to investigate whether Zahavi, who sits in the cabinet, violated a multi-million pound settlement paid to settle a dispute with tax authorities. Violated the cabinet code in respect of

neither declared guilty of the tax investigation of which he was the subject, nor updated his declaration of interests

Nadim Zahavi settled his tax debt with a penalty last year during his short-lived stint as finance minister in the government of former Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Then, with the arrival of Rishi Sunak in Downing Street in late October, he became chairman of the Conservative Party and minister without portfolio in the government.

Ethics consultant Laurie Magnus concluded that Nadim Zahavi should have declared the tax investigation he was the subject of and updated his declaration of interests after his dispute with the tax authorities was resolved. After 13 years in power, the Conservatives have seen their reputation tarnished by conflict-of-interest cases in recent years, fueled by allegations of corruption from the Labor opposition, which is far ahead in the polls.