At least one more MP said not to have paid tax due – four hours after Zahawi sacked over tax affairs, Labour leader’s social media remain silent
This morning, Tory PM Rishi Sunak sacked Nadhim Zahawi as chair of the Conservative party after an ethics adviser’s investigation confirmed what the rest of us already knew – that Zahawi had paid a heft penalty to HMRC for non-payment of tax and had tried to cover it up when the news broke.
But Starmer, despite pressing for Sunak to act last week, has so far failed – four hours and more later – to make even a mention of the sacking on his social media and does not appear to have commented elsewhere. Could this be a sign that a Labour MP is next in the firing line for similar behaviour?
After all, tax expert Dan Neidle – who played a key role in outing Zahawi and was the target of legal intimidation attempts by Zahawi’s lawyers when he got too close to the matter – has already said publicly that at least one more MP is the subject of an investigation by journalists, and that ‘the MP is not a Conservative’.
Starmer, who is sheltering at least two alleged sex offenders in his Shadow Cabinet and covered up ‘criminal’ and ‘sadistic’ abuse of domestic violence victims by the lover of a third right-wing Labour MP, may be wary of going in too hard over Zahawi when his own team’s dodginess is going to be under scrutiny very shortly – particularly if the culprit turns out to be one of the right-wing ‘usual suspects’ at the heart of the right’s sabotage of Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership.
The Labour Press Twitter account has also been silent.
Shadow Treasury spokeswoman Bridget Phillipson did comment on the issue this morning on the BBC’s politics show, saying only that the sacking was not fast enough – but she will have been pre-booked on the programme and unable to pull out without raising questions about what Labour might be hiding, so had little choice.
Time will soon tell.
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