The Papers: ‘Hospitals at home’ plan and ‘asylum hotel racism’

A variety of stories lead Sunday’s papers. The Observer reports that Prime Minister Rishi Sunak was warned of a reputational risk to the government when he appointed Nadhim Zahawi as Conservative Party Chairman last October.

Sources have told the paper that senior government officials gave Mr Sunak informal advice when he was drawing up his Cabinet and raised the HMRC investigation into Mr Zahawi’s tax affairs. It’s claimed Mr Sunak was told that the tax issue involved a significant sum of money and was “not a trivial accounting error.” Number Ten has strongly denied that the prime minister was given any warning – formal or informal – about Mr Zahawi’s finances.

According to The Sunday Telegraph, support for Mr Zahawi among senior Tories is “rapidly draining away”. One unnamed cabinet colleague is calling for him to resign, telling the paper “I think he’s got to go”. Another former Cabinet minister is quoted saying it’s crucial he steps down and that, given he’s not volunteering…

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