Rishi Sunak news latest updates: Senior Tory MP wants non-dom tax review as Labor say chancellor’s wife ‘taking advantage’


‘Keep families out of it’: Johnson dodges question on Sunak wife tax affairs

A senior Conservative MP has called for a review into non-domicile tax rules in the wake of revelations about Rishi Sunak’s household finances.

Tobias Ellwood, chair of the Commons defense select committee, said the current rules “are out of date” but insisted this did not mean the chancellor or his wife, Akshata Murty, had broken the law. “If the rules as a whole need to be changed, let’s have that debate, but that’s away from [Mr] Sunak’s wife and is more to do with the continuation of the non-dom status and the privileges that you gain from that.”

The ex-minister’s defense of his colleague came as Emily Thornberry, the shadow attorney general, accused Ms Murty of being in the “0.1 per cent of the population” who choose to “take advantage” of the non-dom system “in order to not pay as much tax”.

Speaking to Radio 4’s Today programme, the Labor MP said Ms Murty was somebody who has been living in the UK “for eight years, raising her children here, living at … Downing Street in accommodation provided by the taxpayer … and yet she says that she isn’t ‘t a permanent resident of this country”.

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Senior Tory calls for review of non-dom tax rules

Following my earlier post (8.12am), here’s our corresponding policy Jon Stone with more on what Tory MP Tobias Ellwood had to say about Rishi Sunak’s wife this morning:

Sam Hancock8 April 2022 08:28

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Sunak’s wife ‘taking advantage’ of British tax system, says Labour’s Thornberry

Labour’s Emily Thornberry has accused Akshata Murty, Rishi Sunak’s wife, of “taking advantage” of her decision to claim non-domicile – non-dom for short – status to avoid paying taxes.

Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, the shadow attorney general said:

“In the end, we have somebody who’s been living here for eight years, raising her children here, living at… Downing Street in accommodation provided by the taxpayer and aspiring to be the wife of the next prime minister, and yet she says that she isn’t a permanent resident of this country.”

Ms Thornberry added that the ministerial code mentions that the financial status of ministers’ spouses are relevant because “there can be a conflict of interest”.

She said it is a “complete red herring what passport somebody has”, in reference to the fact Ms Murty is an Indian citizen.

The senior Labor MP finished by saying:

“What’s relevant is that she’s of the 0.1 per cent of the population who have positively chosen to say that although they’re living here, they’re not living here permanently and taking advantage of that decision in order to not pay as much tax. ”

Labor’s Shadow Attorney General Emily Thornberry

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Sam Hancock8 April 2022 08:20

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Tory MP defends Sunak and says issue ‘distraction’ from Ukraine

A top Tory MP has suggested that the conversation around the non-dom tax status of Rishi Sunak’s wife distracts “from what we need to be focusing on”, referring to Ukraine.

Asked about the situation on Sky News, Tobias Ellwood, who is chair of the Commons defense select committee, said the issue was not with the chancellor but with the UK’s “out of date” tax rules.

“Every minister, when you enter government, has to make a declaration… which is confirmed to be legal before you can take up the post, so there’s nothing illegal about what’s bee done by the chancellor whatsoever.

“If there are bigger, more fundamental questions, about the non-dom status that is something for us, as a country, to debate. But the idea that we focus on this discussion – about following the rules that actually exist at the moment – I think is a distraction from what we need to focus on: how Britian and other countries are going to support Ukraine.”

Pushed on whether having non-dom tax status is an issue that has beleaguered the Tory party for “quite some time”, Mr Ellwood repeated: “If the rules as a whole need to be changed, let’s have that debate, but that’s away from Rishi Sunak’s wife and is more to do with the continuation of the non-dom status and the privileges that you gain from that.”

And he added: “In my view, they are out of date, and need to be reviewed.”

Mr Sunak has faced a mountain of criticism after it was revealed his wife, Akshata Murty, holds non-dom tax status, which means she does not have to pay UK tax on income from dividends from foreign investments, rental payments on property overseas or bank interest. It also means a person avoids UK inheritance tax.

The revelations about his wife came after Mr Sunak announced a raft of tax hikes in his Spring Statement last month.

Sam Hancock8 April 2022 08:12

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PM and German chancellor to hold talks on weaning themselves off Russian gas

Boris Johnson will host Olaf Scholz at Downing Street on Friday as the pair look to discuss how European countries can reduce their reliance on Russian gas following the war on Ukraine.

The UK prime minister is expected to offer assistance to Berlin, which is still heavily reliant on Russian gas, to reduce its dependence on Moscow’s energy exports in a bid to starve Vladimir Putin’s war machine of funds.

It comes after foreign secretary Liz Truss, following a meeting of Nato counterparts in Brussels on Thursday, said she hoped to see “more countries” commit to banning Russian energy imports.

The UK has pledged to end all imports of Russian coal and oil by the end of 2022, with gas to follow as soon as possible. The US has done the same.

Germany has faced criticism from Ukraine and other European nations, including Poland, with claims it has been too slow to phase out Russian energy. Robert Habeck, the German economy and energy minister, has announced plans to stop importing oil and coal from Russia this year, and gas by mid-2024.

Meanwhile, UK and Nato allies have agreed to supply “new and heavier” weapons to Ukraine in an acknowledgment that the conflict has entered a “new and different phase”.

Johnson and Scholz will meet this morning at No 10, before a press conference this afternoon

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Sam Hancock8 April 2022 07:39

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Sam Hancock8 April 2022 07:23

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Buenos dias

Hello, Sam Hancock here, I’m taking over our rolling UK politics coverage now.

Stay tuned for all the latest updates as chancellor Rushi Sunak continues to be criticized over his wife’s tax status.

Sam Hancock8 April 2022 07:20

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Letters: Are there tough decisions ahead for Rishi Sunak and his wife?

Rishi Sunak’s wife claims that she has to have non-dom status due to her Indian citizenship. As India apparently does not allow dual nationality, then it follows that she cannot be a UK citizen, with all that ella implies for her and her children de ella.

I suppose she could always renounce her Indian citizenship, but then she might have to pay more UK tax. Some people do have tough decisions to make in these uncertain times.

Read our latest editorial here:

stuti misra8 April 2022 07:03

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Labor tells Rishi Sunak to come clean on wife’s non-dom status

Labor is demanding that Rishi Sunak answer 12 key questions about his wife’s non-dom status, including whether he has benefited personally.

As the controversy grows, the chancellor has been urged to set out how much tax has been saved and how he has “assured he is not involved in Treasury discussions” about the rules.

“As chancellor it is crucial you both follow the rules and lead by example,” James Murray, a shadow Treasury minister has written.

“Any impression that there is one set of rules favoring a few, and another for everyone else, threatens the integrity of tax policy in our country.”

Our deputy political editor Rob Merrick have more:

stuti misra8 April 2022 06:46

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What the papers say about Rishi Sunak and his wife’s tax status?

The Chancellor’s wife’s tax status continues to lead the nation’s papers on Friday.

The Independent leads on what has been called the “breath-taking hypocrisy” of Mr Sunak on his family’s tax status, while Guardian says his wife may have avoided £20 million on her bill.

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The Chancellor’s allies are claiming the leaks regarding the tax controversy are coming from Number 10, according to The Daily Telegraphwhile The Times’says Mr Sunak fears a “hit job”.

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stuti misra8 April 2022 06:36

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What is non-dom status?

The wife of Rishi Sunak, the British chancellor, has claimed non-domicile status to save on her tax bill.

Zoe Tidmann have more details here:

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