Sunak vows to restore probity in politics
Nadeem Zahavi, the chairman of the Conservative Party, was dismissed after being found guilty of a serious breach of the code of conduct for ministers. He was a minister without portfolio in the cabinet.
British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak on Monday vowed to restore probity in politics, defending his move to sack a cabinet minister over a tax-related matter. Nadeem Zahavi, the chairman of the Conservative Party, was dismissed after being found guilty of a serious breach of the code of conduct for ministers. He was a minister without portfolio in the cabinet. Indian-origin British leader Sunak was criticized by the opposition for not taking action after it emerged that he had paid a fine to the country’s tax department.
During the launch of his government’s new emergency care scheme for the National Health Service (NHS), Sunak said he had done right by asking an independent ethics consultant to investigate the issue. “What I have done is follow a process, which is the right process,” he said during a visit to County Durham in northeast England.
Sunak said, “Integrity is really important to me – you all want to see that government is run properly, it is run with integrity and there is accountability when people don’t behave the way they should or If something doesn’t go right and that’s what we did.” He resolved to take necessary steps to bring back probity in politics.
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