UK Politics Live: No 10 Refuses to Confirm if Sunak is Certain Zahawi Has Always Been Truthful About His Tax Affairs

is robust and absolutely right.Adrian Boyle, the chair of the Commons select committee, said the committee had not been informed of Sharp’s involvement with Blyth.Sharp said the committee had been informed, but that he had not been asked about his involvement in detail.Nadhim Zahawi, the business minister, is under investigation over his tax arrangements. At the Downing Street lobby briefing, the PM’s spokesperson said Rishi Sunak expects the inquiry into Zahawi’s tax arrangements, being carried out by the PM’s ethics adviser, Sir Laurie Magnus, to be conducted “swiftly”. The spokesperson said there was no deadline for its conclusion, adding that it was important that the investigation was thorough. When asked if the PM was confident that Zahawi had always told him the truth about his tax affairs, the spokesperson said they wouldn’t get into being prescriptive about how the advice goes about ascertaining that. Poorer students will lose out due to the government’s changes to the student loan system, according to a House of Lords committee report. Lady Bakewell, a Lib Dem member of the committee, said the changes were in contradiction to the government’s levelling up agenda and so complex it would be difficult for anyone to navigate their way through it. David Lammy, the shadow foreign secretary, will give a speech at Chatham House later, arguing for closer cooperation with Europe across security, trade and diplomacy. In an interview with LBC, Lammy said Labour would have to repair the damage done to the UK’s international reputation under the Tories. Boris Johnson has called for Ukraine to be admitted to Nato and launched a thinly veiled attack on Germany and the US over the failed deal to donate tanks. In the Commons, Caroline Lucas (Green) is asking a question about the child asylum seekers who have gone missing from hotel accommodation provided by the Home Office, and Ben Bradshaw (Lab) is asking one about the Church of England’s stance on equal marriage. Damian Hinds, the justice minister, will deliver a statement about the probation inspectorate. The SNP has criticised a reported plan to bring forward the rise in state pension age to 68, with David Linden MP, the SNP’s social justice spokesperson, saying it was “scandalous” and must be condemned in the strongest possible way. Libby Brooks, chair of the Commons women’s committee, said the use of a section 35 order to block the Scottish parliament’s gender recognition bill should not have been done, and that there was “room for compromise” between both governments. NHS England has said it does not endorse the Royal College of Emergency Medicine’s claim that there are between 300 and 500 excess deaths per week because of delays in A&E, but Chris Hopson, the chief strategy officer, said the research suggesting a link between A&E waits and excess deaths “cannot be definitive and does not give a full and certain figure”. Richard Sharp, the BBC’s chair, rejected suggestions that he misled the advisory committee that recommended his appointment, or the Commons select committee that considered it. He said he had clarified and agreed with the cabinet secretary that he had avoided a conflict or a perception of conflict.

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