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Sunak’s poll slump & Zahawi sacking fallout

Season 1

It’s the day after Rishi Sunak sacked Nadhim Zahawi as Conservative Party chairman for a “serious breach of the ministerial code” as an ethics investigation ruled ex-Chancellor Zahawi failed to declare an HMRC probe into his tax affairs.

Now the PM’s battling a ratings slump just over three months into the top job.

According to exclusive Ipsos polling for the Evening Standard, Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer overtakes Sunak voters’ “most capable prime minister”.

The Leader podcast is joined by Dr Grace Lordan, a labour economist at the London School of Economics, and Evening Standard political editor Nic Cecil, to discuss Sunak’s polling disaster, his latest inflation strategy, Zahawi’s mega tax bill and just what is the Duchy of Lancaster?

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