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Minister says Rishi Sunak is ‘a remarkable force for good’ in British politics

Rishi Sunak wrote to Prime Minister Boris Johnson a few days later that he requested an investigation into his financial situation. Independent The millionaire wife revealed that Akshata Murty was saving taxes due to her “non-dom” status.

The struggling multi-millionaire chancellor has requested that her statements be presented to Lord Christopher Geidt, independent adviser on ministerial interests, in the wake of increasing pressure on tax affairs.

Angela Rayner, deputy leader of the Labor Party, said Rishi Sunak was preparing “a catalog of potential violations of ministry law”.

The Shadow Minister of Justice, meanwhile, said he had “a complete list of areas where the Chancellor has failed to declare what he should have declared.”

When asked if he thought Rishi Sunak might have violated ministerial law, Steve Reed told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “Absolutely. But this is not an isolated incident. »

“I have always followed the rules and I hope such a review will bring more clarity,” Sunak said on Twitter.

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Visited the Treasury base in Sunak County Durham

Rishi Sunak traveled to the Treasury base in Darlington, near Middlesbrough, on Monday to show that his family is continuing their work despite the storm in their financial arrangements.

The Chancellor visited the Darlington Business Campus after Boris Johnson’s independent adviser on ministry interests, Lord Geidt, called for an investigation into his conduct.

Laurie Churchman11 April 2022 10:25

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Eustice says Rishi Sunak is ‘very candid’ about his finances

A Cabinet colleague said the embattled Rishi Sunak had “paid all his taxes” and was very open about his financial arrangements, after the Chancellor called for an investigation into his actions.

Mr. Sunak referred to Boris Johnson’s independent adviser on ministry interests to answer questions about his family’s financial situation.

In a letter to the Prime Minister, Sunak asked Lord Geidt to review all statements of interest since he became minister in 2018 and to ensure that they are correctly formulated.

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Laurie Churchman11 April 2022 09:57

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Eustice defended the multi-millionaire Sunak

Environment Minister George Eustice defended multi-millionaire Chancellor Rishi Sunak, saying: “I don’t think it’s fair that we have a rule that says you’re too rich to play a role.”

He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “Usually, there is an agreement that if you make a decision that directly affects your own family members and sometimes even your own constituency, that person will have another minister to make the decision.

“But that doesn’t stop you from making broader policy decisions in the cycle, so it’s a complex area, but obviously that’s something the Cabinet Office will look at now, but Rishi Sunak has been very clear that everything that needs to be announced at the right time.

When asked if Sunak is too rich to be prime minister or potential party leader, Mr. Eustice said: “I don’t think it’s fair that we have a rule that says you’re too rich to play a role – what matters is the knowledge, the technical expertise you have.

“You can’t walk a mile in other people’s shoes, we all have different perspectives, different life experiences, and let alone Minister, the most important thing for any MP is the ability to empathize with people who may have had experiences and difficulties in their lives that you personally did not have.

Laurie Churchman11 April 2022 09:32

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‘I am not accountant for cabinet colleagues’: Eustice avoids question about ministers’ dominance status

Environment Minister George Eustice said he was not “accountant for his cabinet colleagues” as he asked if his fellow ministers had ever held non-dom status.

Multi-millionaire chancellor Rishi Sunak faces scrutiny days later Independentrevealed that his wife Akshata Murty, whose father was one of the richest men in India, had requested non-residential status.

Laurie Churchman11 April 2022 09:12

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Conservative PM: ‘I don’t know anyone with or without dom status’ in cabinet

Environment Minister George Eustice said he did not expect other cabinet colleagues to come forward about their tax situation.

“I’m not the accountant to my colleagues at the ministry,” he told Sky News. “I don’t know anyone with or without non-Dom status. »

“I can tell you that I have never had and will never try to have. »

“I judge his ministry colleagues by their performance in the role, and I think Rishi Sunak has done very well as Minister of Finance in extraordinarily difficult times, even referring to Prime Minister Lord Geidt. The Minister’s Counsel (Ministerial Standards) should examine these issues and I really wouldn’t be more offended to comment on his wife’s tax affairs.

Laurie Churchman11 April 2022 08:53

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Conservative PM: Rishi Sunak ‘said all that needed to be said’

Environment Minister George Eustice said the Chancellor was “very candid about his arrangements at every stage”.

Asked about Rishi Sunak, citing Boris Johnson’s independent adviser for ministry interests, Mr. Eustice told Sky News: “Rishi Sunak and his wife have talked about it. I’m not his accountant, frankly I’m not responsible for his tax affairs or even his wife’s tax affairs. .

“He made a statement over the weekend, explaining now that he has done nothing wrong, that he is a citizen of India, that he grew up and was born in India, that he has an income from it, but that he changed the tax regulations like that. In England he would pay taxes on this income.

“Rishi himself, there was speculation about this, wrote to the Prime Minister and asked his Ministry (Standards) Advisor to look into this matter. It is very clear that he has said everything that needs to be said on time, and there is a process that you go through as a minister.

“You report all your interests to the permanent secretary of your department and then the Cabinet Office decides what elements should be made public, which elements should be aware of, either way there is a duty of candor and Rishi himself was very forthright with his arrangements every step of the way.

Laurie Churchman11 April 2022 08:33

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‘Not an isolated incident’: Shadow justice secretary says Sunak may have violated ministry code

When asked if he thought Rishi Sunak might have violated ministerial law, Steve Reed told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “Absolutely. But this is not an isolated incident, there are other failures here as well.

The Shadow Minister of Justice added: ‘Furthermore, he has failed to disclose his wife’s £690m stake in Infosys, an India-based IT company that, as far as we can find, owns 15 different parts. – He had one-on-one meetings with senior ministers, including the Prime Minister, and secured government contracts worth millions of pounds.

Now, if the Chancellor’s household is taking advantage of contracts like this, there should have been something he said on his register of interests, but he didn’t.

“There are a lot of areas where the Chancellor fails to declare what he has to declare. »

Laurie Churchman11 April 2022 08:14

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Rayner’s letter was a ‘trigger’ for Sunak to call for a review of ministry interests

Shadow Justice Secretary Steve Reed said a letter from Labor deputy leader Angela Rayner to the Prime Minister detailing a list of concerns appeared to have triggered Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s appeal to Boris Johnson’s independent adviser on departmental interests.

Mr Reed told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “What really worries me is that there is a growing sense of smugness at the top of government.

“We’ve seen the government break the laws it expects everyone to abide by, break the rules after Owen Patterson and now ‘at the party door’ with Rishi Sunak.

“Some of the concerns include the chancellor’s failure to declare his wife’s non-homeowner status in the register of interests, and why this is important because the finance law yet passed by Parliament this year includes changes that benefit wealthy non-dominants. .

“Now, according to ministerial law, ministers should not make decisions, they should withdraw from decisions that they can personally benefit from, and in this case the household income of the chancellor certainly benefited. »

Laurie Churchman11 April 2022 07:55

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Rayner claims Sunak has created ‘a catalog of potential violations of department rules’

Angela Rayner, deputy leader of the Labor Party, said Rishi Sunak was preparing “a catalog of potential violations of ministry law”.

In a letter to the prime minister, he accused the chancellor of not being transparent about his finances.

Mr. Sunak says he “always follows the rules”.

You can read the entire letter below.

Laurie Churchman11 April 2022 07:32

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Labor MP accused Sunak of his family’s tax affairs

“Rishi Sunak wants an investigation into who leaked his wife’s tax status. Labor MP Bill Esterson, on Twitter, I want to investigate why he taxed ordinary people 15 times when his family was allowed to be tax-exempt.

Alisha Rahman Sarkar11 April 2022 07:12