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Boris Johnson latest: Sunak calls for inquiry into his finances as PM promises military aid after secret trip to Kyiv

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

Rishi Sunak wrote to Prime Minister Boris Johnson asking for an inquiry into his finances just days later The Independent revealed that his millionaire wife Akshata Murty saved on taxes due to her “non-dom” status.

The chancellor asked that his statements be submitted to Lord Christopher Geidt, the independent adviser on ministers’ interests, because of the growing scrutiny of his tax affairs.

In a statement posted to Twitter, Mr Sunak said: ‘I have always followed the rules and hope such a review will bring more clarity.’

Meanwhile, Mr Johnson, following his secret trip to the war-torn city of kyiv, pledged further military assistance to Ukraine. The UK will send 120 armored vehicles and anti-ship missile systems to Ukraine, Downing Street has announced.

Mr Johnson and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky strolled through the battered city on Saturday. Mr Johnson tweeted: “Ukrainians have the courage of a lion. President Zelensky gave that lion’s roar. The UK stands steadfast alongside the people of Ukraine.”

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‘Not an isolated incident’: Shadow justice secretary says Sunak may have breached ministerial code

Asked if he thought Rishi Sunak might have breached the ministerial code, Steve Reed told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “Absolutely. But this is not an isolated incident, there are other failures here too.

The Shadow Justice Secretary added: “Nor did he declare his wife’s £690m stake in Infosys, an India-based IT company, which had, as far as we were able to find out. , 15 different shares – in one-on-one meetings with senior ministers, including the Prime Minister, and secured multi-million pound government contracts.

‘Now if the Chancellor’s household benefits from contracts like this, it should have been something he said in the register of interests, but he didn’t.

“There’s a whole list of areas where the Chancellor seems to have failed to declare things he should have declared.”

Laurie ChurchmanApril 11, 2022 8:14 a.m.

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Rayner’s letter was a ‘trigger’ for Sunak requesting a review of corporate interests

Shadow Justice Secretary Steve Reed says a letter from Labor deputy leader Angela Rayner to the Prime Minister detailing a list of concerns appears to have been the trigger for Chancellor Rishi Sunak to refer to Boris Johnson’s independent adviser on departmental interests.

Mr Reed told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: ‘What really concerns me is that there is now a growing sense of self-righteousness at the top of government.

“We saw it in ‘partygate’ where the government broke the laws they expected everyone to follow, tearing up the rules after Owen Patterson, and now with Rishi Sunak.

“Some of the concerns include that the chancellor has not declared his wife’s non-dom status in his register of interests, and why this matters because the finance law, which was just passed this year by Parliament, includes changes that benefit wealthy non-doms.

‘Now under the ministerial code ministers should not make decisions, they should recuse themselves from decisions which they might personally benefit from, and the chancellor’s household income certainly benefited in this case.’

Laurie ChurchmanApril 11, 2022 07:55

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Rayner claims Sunak made a ‘catalogue of potential departmental code violations’

Labor deputy leader Angela Rayner says Rishi Sunak has drawn up a “catalogue of potential breaches of the ministerial code”.

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

Mr Sunak says he “always followed the rules”.

You can read the full letter below.

Laurie ChurchmanApril 11, 2022 07:32

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Labor MP slams Sunak over his family’s tax affairs

“Rishi Sunak wants an investigation into who leaked the details of his wife’s tax status. I want an investigation into why he imposed 15x tax on ordinary people while his family was allowed to get away with it tax free,” Labor MP Bill Esterson wrote on Twitter.

Alisha Rahaman SarkarApril 11, 2022 07:12

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Truss picks up Sunak as top candidate to replace PM

Liz Truss is emerging as a favorite among the Torries to replace Prime Minister Boris Johnson after Rishi Sunak was caught up in a controversy over his wife’s tax affairs.

Sir Keir Starmer remains the favorite to become the next prime minister, with comparison site Oddschecker putting the Labor leader’s odds at 6/1.

In the Conservative Party, the Foreign Secretary is now ahead of the Chancellor, with odds of 9/1 for Ms Truss and 21/10 for Mr Sunak, reports Andy Gregoire.

Alisha Rahaman SarkarApril 11, 2022 07:01

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Sunak wants to investigate his ministerial interests

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has written to Prime Minister Boris Johnson demanding an inquiry into his finances amid a row over his millionaire wife Akshata Murty’s tax arrangements.

The chancellor asked that his statements be submitted to Lord Christopher Geidt, the independent adviser on ministers’ interests, because of the growing scrutiny of his tax affairs.

In his letter to the Prime Minister, the Chancellor said his “primary concern” was to retain public confidence in the answers that have been given, recommending that “Lord Geidt make all his findings public”.

Report by Lamiat Sabin and Adam Forrest.

Alisha Rahaman SarkarApril 11, 2022 06:51

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‘Ukrainians have the courage of a lion,’ says PM

Following his trip to kyiv, Prime Minister Boris Johnson in a tweet compared the courage of Ukrainians to that of a lion.

“President Volodymyr Zelensky gave the roar of this lion. The UK stands steadfast with the people of Ukraine,” he wrote.

Alisha Rahaman SarkarApril 11, 2022 06:50

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Prime Minister makes ‘secret’ train trip to Kyiv

Prime Minister Boris Johnson traveled to kyiv on Saturday on a train from Poland.

“I’m traveling on a fantastic train to Kyiv from Poland – I just want to say a big thank you to all Ukrainian Railways staff for what you are doing,” the prime minister said in a clip shared by the railways. railways. .

Mr Johnson met Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Saturday and toured the war-torn capital.

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