Nadhim Zahawi releases statement in response to tax affair claimsSign up to the Inside Politics email for your free daily briefing on the biggest stories in UK politics Get our free Inside Politics emailRishi Sunak has ordered his ethics adviser to examine Nadhim Zahawi’s tax affairs after the Tory party chair admitted a “careless” error led to him paying a penalty to HMRC. The prime minister, who is under pressure to reveal how much he knew about Mr Zahawi’s tax dispute when he appointed him in September, said he asked for the ethics probe as “clearly in this case there are questions that need answering”. Mr Zahawi said he was confident he “acted properly throughout” and has resisted calls to stand down despite warnings from Tory MPs that his position is “untenable” and calls from Sir Keir Starmer for him to be sacked. A source close to the former chancellor told PA that Mr Zahawi would stay in his role, while a senior Tory said he was “unlikely” to survive the row over a tax penalty from HMRC, estimated at around £5m. Anneliese Dodds, Labour chair, said her Tory counterpart could help clear up the controversy by publishing his tax returns going back to 2018, the year a stake in YouGov was sold by a Gibraltar-registered trust linked to Mr Zahawi.
Liz Truss’s aides would concoct stories about family members dying in order to get the top Tory out of television appearances, it has been claimed. Kirsty Buchanan, who worked for the new prime minister when she was justice secretary, said Ms Truss did not like doing media. The claim comes as the prime minister on Wednesday pulled out of a scheduled official visit where she was expected to have to speak to broadcasters. The prime minister earlier this month did a series of local radio interviews in which she was repeatedly put on the spot by presenters. Despite Ms Truss’s former aide’s claim the prime minister has appeared regularly on BBC Question Time – a total of nine times between 2012 and 2019.3 months ago Estonian Free Press
The prime minister said his cabinet minister had “taken accountability” by resigning before he reappointed her to the role less than a week later. Speaking to reporters on Friday, Labour leader Keir Starmer accused Mr Sunak of doing a “grubby deal” in exchange for backing him against rival Penny Mordaunt. “To be sacked last week for a breach of security and now be put back in place as home secretary is an act of weakness from the prime minister. Manchester City FC/Getty UK news in pictures 1 October 2022 Protesters hold up flags and placards at a protest in London. Downing Street has since denied reports that top civil servant Mr Case was “livid” about the return of Ms Braverman to the cabinet after just six days.3 months ago Estonian Free Press
Sign up to the Inside Politics email for your free daily briefing on the biggest stories in UK politics Get our free Inside Politics emailIt is a “groundbreaking milestone” that Rishi Sunak will become the UK’s next prime minister, US president Joe Biden has said as he marked Diwali. “And whether it’s the United Kingdom, where just today, we’ve got news that Rishi Sunak is now the prime minister. The president said: “And the Conservative Party, expected to become the prime minister, I think, tomorrow when he goes to see the King. Prime minister Modi tweeted: “As you become UK PM, I look forward to working closely together on global issues, and implementing Roadmap 2030. But Boris Johnson has not yet publicly congratulated Mr Sunak, a sign of remaining animosity after complaining on Sunday that his ex-chancellor would not “come together in the national interest” with him.3 months ago Estonian Free Press
Escalation is a cornerstone of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s strategy in his war against Ukraine, especially as Ukrainian counter-offensives have steadily rolled back Russian gains. After the initial attack on Kyiv and other major Ukrainian cities, Russian escalation has occurred in several phases in response to its losses on the battlefield. In each case, Russian escalation was aimed at gaining battlefield advantage and breaking Ukraine’s will. If Ukraine can recapture more territory quickly, without further Russian escalation, then negotiations may not be needed. Should negotiations be required to end the Ukraine war, a similar formula may be needed.3 months ago Estonian Free Press
It comes as Labour tries to try to force the publication of texts and emails relating to £200m of Covid PPE contracts secured by a company linked to Conservative peer. A spokesperson for Baroness Mone said: “With immediate effect, Baroness Mone will be taking a leave of absence from the House of Lords in order to clear her name of the allegations that have been unjustly levelled against her.”The leave of absence means Lady Mone will not attend sittings of the House, vote on any proceedings and will not be able to claim any allowance. Baroness Mone has come under pressure since it was reported that she is a beneficiary of an offshore trust believed to have received £29m from PPE Medpro’s profits. A Lords standards inquiry over allegations that she failed to properly declare an interest in the company has been put on hold while a police investigation takes place. The Labour deputy leader said the Procurement Bill was “full of loopholes that would give Tory ministers free rein to do it all over again”.1 month ago Estonian Free Press
Jim McManus, president of the Association of Directors of Public Health, said it had “put asylum seekers and potentially hotel workers at avoidable and preventable risk”. Liberal Democrat health spokeswoman Daisy Cooper said Ms Braverman “must take responsibility and resign immediately” over the “scandal” surrounding Manston. The Conservative government should be ashamed of their callous complacency over the health and well-being of asylum seekers coming out of Manston,” she said. Government officials fear thousands of asylum seekers held at Manston could be in line for at least £5,000, according to the Sunday Times, while some held for long periods could receive bigger payouts. More than 4,000 asylum seekers had been held at the processing facility earlier this month despite its maximum capacity being only 1,600.2 months ago Estonian Free Press
The former prime minister is expected to officially enter the race, having told his former trade minister Sir James Duddridge that “we are going to do this”. Mr Johnson was booed by at least a couple of fellow passengers on his flight to the UK, while other passengers looked “bewildered” by his presence in economy class, according to Sky News journalist Mark Stone. Earlier, a former Bank of England deputy governor warned that Mr Johnson’s return to No 10 could worry financial markets, with even the possibility of another Johnson premiership sending borrowing costs rising. Rishi Sunak, however, became the first contender to reach the threshold of 100 nominations from Tory MPs required to make it to Monday’s ballot, a campaign source said. Penny Mordaunt is said to have around 30 backers, trailing behind the more than 50 estimated for Mr Johnson.3 months ago Estonian Free Press