Rishi Sunak orders an investigation into Nadhim Zahawi’s tax affairs

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Rishi Sunak has asked his independent ethics adviser to look into Nadhim Zahawi’s tax wrangling, saying there were “clearly questions that needed answering”.

The prime minister said Zahawi will remain chairman of the Conservative Party as long as an investigation into a possible breach of the ministerial code is ongoing.

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During a visit to a hospital in Northamptonshire, the Prime Minister told reporters: “Integrity and accountability are very important to me and it is clear that in this case there are questions that need to be answered.

“That is why I have asked our independent adviser to get to the bottom of everything, fully investigate the matter and establish all the facts and advise me on Nadhim Zahawi’s compliance with the ministerial code.

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“I am pleased that Nadhim Zahawi has agreed to that approach and agreed to fully cooperate with that investigation.”

When asked whether Mr. Zahawi should not resign during the investigation, Mr. Sunak said: “As has long been customary, he will continue to play the role he is doing.”

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