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British Tory Party: Sunak sacks general secretary

Status: 01/29/2023 11:48 am

Britain’s Prime Minister Chung sacks his Tory party’s general secretary – thus losing another cabinet member. Outgoing minister Zahavi has been criticized for, among other things, the tax issue.

In Britain, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s Conservative government lost another cabinet member. Sunak sacked Nadim Zahavi, the general secretary of his Tory party, over the tax issue on Sunday and removed him from the cabinet, the PA news agency reported, citing the dismissal letter.

The head of government, who has been in office for less than 100 days, had previously appointed an independent inquiry into the allegations.

Has Zahawi used an offshore company in Gibraltar?

So far, Zahavi has been a non-commissioned minister in the cabinet. The former finance minister has been under fire for days over his personal finances. According to media reports, the 55-year-old has paid a seven-figure sum to the National Tax Commission to settle a dispute over his tax affairs. Zahavi also admitted this, but without specifying the amount.

The former minister was accused of using a foreign company based in Gibraltar as a partner in polling firm Youcove, which he co-founded.

Sunak: “Serious Violation of Ministerial Rules”

Conservatives have come a long way. Born in Iraq and a refugee in Britain aged nine, he has held various ministerial posts under former prime ministers Boris Johnson and Liz Truss. In a letter to Zahavi, Sunak wrote that he assumed office as prime minister to lead a government that stands for integrity, professionalism and accountability at every level. The inquiry revealed that there had been “gross breach of ministerial norms”.

Zahavi is not the first minister to resign from the cabinet in the Sunak government’s first 100 days: Former minister Gavin Williamson had to resign after allegations of bullying.