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Boris Johnson offered words of encouragement to Rishi Sunak to convince him not to resign over his wife’s tax scandal

RISHI Sunak received a pep talk from the Prime Minister as he reflected on his future regarding his family’s tax affairs.

The Chancellor was ready to quit after that Dispute about his wife’s foreign income.

Rishi Sunak received a pep talk from the prime minister as he reflected on his future in terms of his family's tax affairs

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Rishi Sunak received a pep talk from the prime minister as he reflected on his future in terms of his family’s tax affairs
After the dispute about his wife's earnings abroad, the Chancellor was ready to resign

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After the dispute about his wife’s earnings abroad, the Chancellor was ready to resign

but Boris Johnson spent ten minutes lifting his spirits and convincing him that he was going to get through a difficult week—as he’d done on a number of occasions himself.

He let it down with a second call, assuring him his job was safe and declaring, “I have your back Rishi.”

Mr Sunak is facing a barrage of questions after it was revealed he kept the PM in the dark about his complex financial affairs.

He confirmed it had a US green card until last October – meaning he was classified as a permanent resident of the US while living at Downing Street.

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The revelation came hours after his wife Akshata made a U-turn and agreed to pay British taxes on their overseas assets to salvage his career.

Mr Sunak’s team say the PM is “super supportive”. One said: “He was wondering if he could put up with his family taking this any longer.”

He was once viewed as a contender to succeed Mr Johnson. But after a disastrous week, his approval ratings hit minus 15.

Tories are questioning his judgment and one cabinet minister who admires him even predicted: “It could make him walk away.”

His allies say his big “sin” was “over-declaring” his personal circumstances and then being “cheated” by a mole.

But Labor Chris Bryant said, “If he doesn’t come clean and tell us everything, our suspicions will only deepen.”

The Chancellor’s spokesman said: “Rishi Sunak held a green card when he lived and worked in the United States.

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“On his first trip to the US as Chancellor, after consultation with US authorities, it was deemed best to return his green card, which he did.

“All laws and rules were followed and full taxes paid where required while he held his green card.”

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Bobby Allyn

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