20-22 January 2023 – the weekend’s press releases (part 2)

  • Zahawi: There must be an independent investigation to get to the bottom of this
  • Cleverly: Dog ate my homework type excuses simply won’t wash with the public
  • Boris loan: He must come to Parliament to explain his murky finances
  • Jane Dodds Responds to Cancelation of Young People’s Village at the Royal Welsh Show

Zahawi: There must be an independent investigation to get to the bottom of this

Responding to the latest statement from Nadhim Zahawi on his tax affairs, Liberal Democrat Deputy Leader Daisy Cooper said:

Zahawi and his Conservative Cabinet colleagues are arrogantly trying to brush this under the carpet.

There are facts that still need to be established so there must be an independent investigation to get to the bottom of this. The British public has lost all faith in Conservative Ministers to tell the truth after years of scandal.

The public will be rightly suspicious of the whole saga surrounding Zahawi’s tax affairs.

Rishi Sunak is proving powerless to stop the daily drip-feed of sleaze from the top of Government.

Cleverly: Dog ate my homework type excuses simply won’t wash with the public

Responding to James Cleverly’s Sky and BBC interviews, Liberal Democrat Deputy Leader Daisy Cooper said:

These dog ate my homework type excuses simply won’t wash with the public. It is a new low for this Government when a senior Minister claims he was too busy shopping to read about the main political story of the weekend.

There are facts that still need to be established so there must be an independent investigation to get to the bottom of this. At a time when the Conservative Government is hiking taxes to record levels, this whole saga comes as a slap in the face to the public. The whole thing stinks.

Boris loan: He must come to Parliament to explain his murky finances

Responding to reports that the chairman of the BBC helped Boris Johnson secure a loan, Liberal Democrat Chief Whip Wendy Chamberlain said:

Boris Johnson must finally do the right thing and come to Parliament tomorrow to explain his murky finances. Reports of backhanded loans and deals with his ultra-wealthy mates whilst Prime Minister simply don’t pass the smell test.

It is just one sleazy story after another with this Conservative party. The drumbeat of these stories makes it clear that they are too distracted with their own affairs to actually govern the country.

Jane Dodds Responds to Cancelation of Young People’s Village at the Royal Welsh Show

Responding to the news that the Young People’s Village has been scrapped at this year’s Royal Welsh Show, Liberal Democrat Senedd Member for Mid & West Wales Jane Dodds said:

This will be devastating news for thousands of young people across Wales and beyond. For many young people in Powys this is the highlight of their year and the influx of young people provides a massive boost to the local economy.

The UK Conservative Government and the Welsh Labour Government must urgently produce a strategy for supporting major events through this period of rapidly rising costs. If something is not done quickly we could risk losing many of them for good.

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4 Comments

  • From the reports on Boris Johnson and Richard Sharp, I suspect the review will find no conflict of interest. However, it will be interesting to see what it will say about cronyism, as it clear this is all about mates.

    It will also be interesting to see whether it recommends removing the politicians and specifically the PM from the BBC chairman selection process.

  • Andrew Toye 24th Jan '23 - 1:11am

    The “Dog ate my homework” press release asks us all to do our own homework to find out what on Earth this is about. Not a good campaigning exercise when we get scant attention from the media as it is.

  • Phil Beesley 25th Jan '23 - 4:20pm

    Ian Sanderson (RM3): “Nadhim Zahawi is caught in a sort of fork:
    if he deliberately misrepresented his finances to save his tax liability, he is not a suitable moral character to have been put in charge of the nations tax system as Chancellor”

    Zahawi was given a tax bill because he used the proceeds of a trust for his own benefit.

    We should conclude that he either stole from the beneficiaries of the trust (theft) or misrepresented the purpose of the trust (fraud).

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