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Sunak Hid The Fact His Wife Profited From Taxpayer Cash, Watchdog Finds



When he took over as Prime Minister from Liz Truss, Rishi Sunak promised “integrity, professionalism and accountability at every level.” However, this week a watchdog has slammed the Tory leader for failing to declare that his millionaire wife was profiting from government cash.

After receiving a complaint about former investment banker Sunak’s comments to a committee of senior MPs, a probe was started in April by Daniel Greenberg, the House of Commons Standards.

In a follow-up letter, and despite being duty bound to disclose any conflicts of interest and financial dealings, the now Prime Minister failed to mention that his wife, Akshata Murty, held shares in a childminding firm set to receive state funding.

Sunak told Greenberg that he was advised that Murty’s stake in the company “did not meet the test of relevance to require publication on the List of Minister’s Interests” – however, he was proven wrong, with the commissioner disagreeing and saying, it “was a relevant interest that should have been declared” and he that Sunak had “a duty to correct the record”.

Sunak’s spokesperson has said that the matter has now been resolved, adding: “The prime minister takes seriously his responsibilities to register and declare all relevant interests.”


The Sunaks recently faced additional criticism after it emerged that Murty, the daughter of the co-founder of Indian IT giant Infosys, had been granted “non-dom” status.

This status means that, despite being a multi-millionaire, did not have to declare her earnings from the dividends she received from the firm for UK tax purposes – whilst her husband continues to make millions of cash-strapped Brits across the country pay ever-rising taxes.

Following a public outcry, Murty later conceded that she would include the dividend earnings.

Prime Minister Sunak, a former hedge fund manager and reputedly the UK’s wealthiest ever prime minister, and his heiress wife, have an estimated worth of £529m in the latest Sunday Times rich list, a fall from £730m in 2022.
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