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Rishi Sunak faces uncomfortable prime minister questions today after resisting mounting pressure to sack party leader Nadhim Zahawi over allegations that he has evaded tax payments.
Former Prime Minister Zahawi has paid HMRC an estimated £5million fine after admitting he made a “careless” mistake on taxes.
However, some unresolved issues remain over Mr Zahwi’s tax matters, and Labor leader Sir Kiel Sturmer is likely to target the prime minister over keeping Mr Zahwi in office.
Here’s what’s on today’s PMQ and how to watch it live.
What time is PMQ today?
PMQ will begin Wednesday, January 25, at noon, as usual, from the House of Representatives. Sessions last approximately 30 minutes.
How can I watch PMQ live?
You can watch the PMQ as a live stream on this page.will also be broadcast live on UK Parliament YouTube Channel.
What should you expect from PMQ?
Zahawi’s tax controversy is likely to take center stage at PMQ today.
On Tuesday, No 10 declined to confirm whether the prime minister was convinced party leaders were always telling the truth about tax matters.
Sunak’s spokesman said “additional facts” have changed the situation since the prime minister’s question last Wednesday when he told parliamentarians that Zahawi had “already fully addressed the issue”. The prime minister continues to resist calls to remove him.
The prime minister has asked his independent adviser on ministerial interests, Sir Laurie Magnus, to launch an inquiry into Mr Zahawi on Monday.
In a statement, Zahawi said:I look forward to explaining the facts of this matter Sir Laurie Magnus and his team.
“I am confident that I have acted appropriately throughout and look forward to answering any specific questions in a formal manner to Lord Raleigh.
“In order to ensure the independence of this process, I will continue my duties as Chairman of the Conservative Union Party, so please understand that it is inappropriate to discuss this issue further.”
Labor Party Speaker Anneliese Dodds replied: ‘Careless’.
“This carefully worded statement punctures Nadim Zahawi’s previously ambiguous account of the incident. .”
Prime Ministers may also face questions about the state of the NHS.
Lisa Nandi, Director of Shadow Leveling Up, says the pressures healthcare services are currently facing are “totally unsustainable,” especially at A&E.
she said sky news: “Everyone knows we need more people working in the National Health Service. We need to empower our burnt out staff. participating in our A&E.
“And we really have to start getting a cross-party grasp of social care so that more people can move in and out of their communities and recover.
“The government opposed it this week. They say universities must limit the number of medical schools. That’s not conscientious when most health trusts are dealing with this kind of crisis. I think.”