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UK Tory Chairman Zahawi Acknowledges Being ‘Careless’ With Taxes

  • Conservative politician says he settled tax bill with HMRC
  • Labour calls on Sunak to fire Zahawi, provide transparency
Nadhim Zahawi departs following a weekly meeting of cabinet ministers at 10 Downing Street in London on Jan. 10.
Nadhim Zahawi departs following a weekly meeting of cabinet ministers at 10 Downing Street in London on Jan. 10.Source: Bloomberg

UK Conservative Party Chairman Nadhim Zahawi acknowledged being “careless” with his tax affairs and said he settled a bill over shares in a polling company he co-founded, seeking to defuse a controversy threatening to knock Rishi Sunak’s government off course.

The issue adds to the perception that Sunak’s party is out of touch with the struggles of ordinary Britons during a record squeeze on living standards. It surfaced when Zahawi was appointed Chancellor of the Exchequer last July. At the time, he sought to shut down questions on the matter as a personal smear.