Sunak faces political headache to replace Zahawi as supporters back Johnson for role

Former PM has the ‘right attributes’ for party chairman, allies say

Kate Devlin
Politics and Whitehall Editor
,Adam Forrest
Sunday 29 January 2023 11:20 GMT
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Nadhim Zahawi sacked for 'breach of Ministerial Code'

Boris Johnson’s supporters have suggested he has “all” the qualities needed to become the next Conservative party chairman as Rishi Sunak faces a political headache over how to replace Nadhim Zahawi.

The prime minister dramatically sacked Mr Zahawi from the role following an investigation into his tax arrangements.

The probe, by the prime minister’s ethics adviser, found the former chancellor had committed a “serious breach of the ministerial code” over a multimillion pound tax settlement with HMRC.

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