Rishi Sunak is on board with plans to make ‘Thank Holiday’ permanent

The additional day off, which has been endorsed by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), would also be in recognition of the service of the millions who have stepped up to serve their communities during the Covid pandemic. A spokesman... Read more

Beleaguered Rishi Sunak is now the most unpopular Cabinet minister

The Chancellor reportedly considered resigning when it was revealed that his wife, Akshata Murty, was not paying UK tax on her overseas income. Mr Sunak initially criticised questions about his wife’s non-domicile tax status, saying she had been the victim... Read more

Boris Johnson: Rishi Sunak will still be Chancellor for autumn Budget

A reshuffle after the May local elections would allow Mr Johnson to promote recently elected Tory MPs pushing for ministerial jobs but could risk creating new ex-Cabinet critics. Ms Patel has faced speculation that she could be moved from the... Read more

Rishi Sunak told he needs more experienced ‘grey beard’ advisers to save his political career

A former Cabinet minister suggested that Mr Sunak hire new communications advisers with “grizzled experience” to handle any future “pratfalls”. The ex-minister suggested he poach Craig Woodhouse, Nadine Dorries’ director of communications at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.... Read more

How Britain became anti-wealth

During the school holidays the young Rishi would help with the family finances by working as a waiter at Kuti’s Brasserie, an Indian restaurant near his home. “He was a great boy, from a very good family, and he worked... Read more

Rishi Sunak’s popularity sinks again as he is now more disliked than Boris Johnson

Rishi Sunak is now more unpopular than Boris Johnson, according to a new poll which shows the Chancellor’s popularity has plummeted in the last month. The polling by Savanta ComRes found that Mr Sunak now has a net favorability rating... Read more

Rishi Sunak might be saved by the paucity of possible replacements

Even so, the sheer paucity of plausible alternatives make ousting Sunak from the position of Chancellor a tricky business, much as his neighbour at No 10 might want to given Sunak’s lack of full-throated support for the Prime Minister over partygate.... Read more

The spectre of stagflation is haunting Britain once again

As in France, rapidly rising prices and sluggish growth have conspired to create the conditions for increasingly fractious politics here in the UK. Figures from the Office for National Statistics show that the economy expanded by just 0.1 per cent... Read more

Rishi Sunak should publish tax returns in full, say senior Tories

Senior Tories said the publication of tax returns – a convention for US presidential candidates – would help restore public confidence. It would follow a precedent set by David Cameron, who published his returns after a controversy over his shareholdings,... Read more

Monday morning news briefing: The open secret of Rishi Sunak’s future

Russia calls up retired soldiers after ‘mounting losses’ Russia has suffered such heavy losses in Ukraine that it is calling up soldiers who retired up to a decade ago, according to Western intelligence. The Ministry of Defence said that Moscow... Read more

Lib Dems call on the US to investigate whether Rishi Sunak broke immigration rules

Green card rules ban American residents from voting or standing in foreign elections, the Liberal Democrats claim as they call for an investigation into whether Rishi Sunak breached US immigration regulations. The Chancellor has admitted to holding a green card... Read more

Rishi Sunak faces investigation as questions mount over his financial interests

Over the weekend, Mr Sunak ordered a leak inquiry to find and possibly prosecute the culprit who disclosed his wife’s non-dom status, which had allowed her to potentially avoid millions of pounds in UK tax. Backed by the Cabinet Office,... Read more

Santa Monica beckons for Rishi Sunak as his political stock continues to plummet

It helps explain why Sunak loyalists have pointed the finger at Number 10 when it comes to identifying a culprit for the leaks of the Chancellor’s personal affairs. Mr Sunak has placed a high-stakes bet by ordering a leak inquiry:... Read more

Rishi Sunak urged to disclose private investments, amid warnings over his role as Chancellor

Mr Sunak ordered an inquiry into the leak of his wife’s tax status on Saturday, as the Chancellor’s allies said officials could be prosecuted for releasing the information, which he had declared to a small number of officials. A source... Read more

Once their pride and joy, ‘out of touch’ Rishi Sunak has let his Yorkshire constituents down

Norman Dimon, a retired theatre director who has lived in Richmond for 40 years, said: “It’s not really acceptable for people who are already very wealthy to be looking for perfectly legal ways to avoid their responsibilities to the communities... Read more

Rishi Sunak has shown that he just isn’t a very good politician

In all the finger-pointing about the Sunak family finances one thing seemed, even by the standards of British politics, remarkably hypocritical. All political parties now, quite rightly, champion equality. But as far back as 1882 Gladstone’s second administration passed the... Read more

Pressure mounts on Rishi Sunak as he admits he held a US green card while Chancellor

Sir Ed Davey, the Liberal Democrat leader, called on Mr Sunak to resign and accused the Chancellor of breaking the ministerial code by failing to declare his green card and his wife’s tax status.  Sir Ed wrote to both Simon... Read more

Rishi Sunak’s wife to pay UK tax on all income

Ms Murty is the daughter of Narayana Murty, an Indian billionaire in whose IT company Infosys she owns shares. Last year she was entitled to receive a dividend of £11.6 million, according to company filings. Under her non-dom arrangement, she... Read more

In defence of non-doms

In politics, like sports, momentum matters. The same blow one might shrug off if the fight is going your way can floor you if it isn’t. So it was with Boris Johnson, who shrugged off innumerable embarrassments before they started... Read more

Rishi Sunak was simply deluded to think his wife’s tax status was irrelevant to his job

They called it “la loi Macron”. Back in 2015, when he was still the French economy minister, Emmanuel Macron passed a law that, among other things, extended a whole set of tax benefits to rich foreigners who moved to France.... Read more

Rishi Sunak says he is the victim of a ‘smear’ campaign

Rishi Sunak on Thursday night said he and his family had been the victims of a political “smear” campaign after his wife’s non-domicile tax status emerged. The Chancellor defended Akshata Murty, who lives with him in Downing Street, by insisting... Read more

Sunak’s wealth is an obvious target – as he’s now finally finding out

 A few days ago, a Labour councillor from Wandsworth advised Rishi Sunak to “go back to India” with his “billionaire wife”. It was a rather daft suggestion. Sunak’s from Southampton, for a start. His wife is from Bangalore and one... Read more

Rishi Sunak’s bad press could be more conspiracy than coincidence

Seeing the drip-drip of stories suggesting the Chancellor was the key blockage in doing more to tackle cost of living, or portraying him as out of touch given his private wealth, has caused some Treasury figures to point the finger... Read more

Rishi Sunak’s allies claim No 10 is undermining the Chancellor

Rishi Sunak’s allies have pointed the finger at Number 10 after a succession of politically damaging leaks about the Chancellor. Mr Sunak is under pressure after it emerged that his wife, Akshata Murty, has non-domicile status, meaning she pays no... Read more

She’s richer than the Queen, but Rishi Sunak’s wife avoids UK tax as India is her ‘final resting place’

Mr Sunak and his wife have a grace and favour flat in Downing Street, but they also own a five-bedroomed mews house in Kensington, west London, which they bought for £4.5 million without a mortgage in 2010, and which is... Read more