Rishi Sunak has sacked Nadhim Zahawi as chairman of the Conservative get together after his ethics counselor concluded there had been a “severe breach” of the cupboard code.
In a letter printed by Downing Avenue on Sunday morning, the Prime Minister mentioned he had stepped in on his promise to ensure his authorities “integrity, professionalism and accountability in any respect ranges”.
Sunak on Monday requested Sir Laurie Magnus, the ethics adviser, to research Zahawi’s tax affairs after it emerged the MP had reached a settlement value round £5million with HM Income & Customs l summer time – together with a penalty.
“Following the completion of the impartial adviser’s investigation – the findings of which he shared with us – it’s clear that there was a severe violation of the ministerial code,” Sunak wrote. Accordingly, I’ve knowledgeable you of my resolution to take away you out of your place in Her Majesty’s Authorities.
Sunak informed Zahawi he ought to be “extraordinarily proud” of his achievements in authorities over the previous 5 years, together with his oversight of the Covid-19 vaccination programme.