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Rishi Sunak was pictured out with his dog near his West London home. He has slipped to the bottom of the Conservative's popularity chart as the cost-of-living crisis worsens

Rishi Sunak was pictured out with his dog near his West London home. He has slipped to the bottom of the Conservative's popularity chart as the cost-of-living crisis worsens

Rishi Sunak was pictured out with his dog near his West London home. He has slipped to the bottom of the Conservative’s popularity chart as the cost-of-living crisis worsens

Rishi Sunak suffered another blow today as a closely-watched survey of Tory activists showed his popularity sliding further.

The Chancellor has slipped to the bottom of the latest chart compiled by the ConservativeHome website, with his net rating tumbling from 7.9 to minus 5.2. 

Mr Sunak’s fall from grace has been continuing as the cost-of-living crisis bites, and in the wake of the row over his US Green Card and wife’s non-dom tax status.

He is scoring even lower than Boris Johnson, with the PM third from bottom on 6.6 amid his burgeoning Partygate woes. 

At one point Mr Sunak was top of the regular chart – a position now held by Defence Secretary Ben Wallace for three consecutive months after he earned plaudits for the Ukraine response. 

Foreign Secretary Liz Truss was in second while, Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi was third and Trade Secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan fourth.

Home Secretary Priti Patel also appears to have received a boost after unveiling plans to send Channel migrants to Rwanda for processing.

Although the poll is not scientific it is closely watched by ministers and MPs, and will set alarm bells ringing in No11. 

The UK Chancellor is scoring even lower than Boris Johnson, despite the Prime Minister's embroilment in PartyGate, with the PM third from bottom on 6.6 amid his burgeoning Partygate woes.

The UK Chancellor is scoring even lower than Boris Johnson, despite the Prime Minister's embroilment in PartyGate, with the PM third from bottom on 6.6 amid his burgeoning Partygate woes.

Mr Sunak is the only senior figure in negative territory this month. Foreign Secretary Liz Truss was in second while, Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi was third and Trade Secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan fourth

Labour tried to turn up the heat today by pledging to abolish non-doms. Shadow chancellor Rachel Reeves said she wanted to reform the rules on non-domiciled status to prevent those who had made a long-term home in Britain from being able to avoid paying UK tax on their overseas income for up to 15 years

Labour tried to turn up the heat today by pledging to abolish non-doms. Shadow chancellor Rachel Reeves said she wanted to reform the rules on non-domiciled status to prevent those who had made a long-term home in Britain from being able to avoid paying UK tax on their overseas income for up to 15 years

Labour tried to turn up the heat today by pledging to abolish non-doms. Shadow chancellor Rachel Reeves said she wanted to reform the rules on non-domiciled status to prevent those who had made a long-term home in Britain from being able to avoid paying UK tax on their overseas income for up to 15 years

Rishi Sunak has slipped to the bottom of the latest chart compiled by the ConservativeHome website, with his net rating tumbling from 7.9 to minus 5.2

Rishi Sunak has slipped to the bottom of the latest chart compiled by the ConservativeHome website, with his net rating tumbling from 7.9 to minus 5.2

Rishi Sunak has slipped to the bottom of the latest chart compiled by the ConservativeHome website, with his net rating tumbling from 7.9 to minus 5.2

Rishi Sunak

Rishi Sunak

Ben Wallace

Ben Wallace

At one point Mr Sunak (pictured left today) was top of the regular chart – a position now held by Defence Secretary Ben Wallace (right) for three consecutive months after he earned plaudits for the Ukraine response

The Chancellor was engulfed in controversy after it emerged his billionaire heiress wife Akshata Murty (pictured together) had non-dom status

The Chancellor was engulfed in controversy after it emerged his billionaire heiress wife Akshata Murty (pictured together) had non-dom status

The Chancellor was engulfed in controversy after it emerged his billionaire heiress wife Akshata Murty (pictured together) had non-dom status

PM hits the election campaign trail as Partygate row rages  

Boris Johnson is heading back on the campaign trail today amid claims that Sue Gray’s Partygate report could finish his premiership.

The PM is expected to tour Red Wall areas this week with just 10 days until crucial local and mayoral polls that are likely to decide his fate.

There are increasing signs that the Tory revolt is becoming more coordinated, as Downing Street waits nervously to see whether Mr Johnson will receive more fines.

Rebels are not expected to mount an all-out attack until after the elections on May 5, and Scotland Yard will not give any update on its investigation before then.

But No10 has insisted it will disclose if Mr Johnson receives another penalty notice, and allies are said to acknowledge that his prospects of survival are no better than 50-50. 

There are also rumours that senior civil servant Ms Gray’s report on lockdown breaches in Whitehall could be even more damaging than previously feared. 

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Mr Sunak is the only senior figure in negative territory this month.

The Chancellor was engulfed in controversy after it emerged his billionaire heiress wife Akshata Murty had non-dom status.

There was no suggestion she had broken any rules, but Ms Murty – the daughter of one of India’s richest men – has since volunteered to pay UK tax on all her worldwide income.

However, she will keep the non-dom status – allowing her to take advantage of India’s zero-rate inheritance tax on her family’s business empire.

Mr Sunak also faced questions over keeping his US green card even after taking up the key job at No11. 

Labour tried to turn up the heat today by pledging to abolish non-doms.

Shadow chancellor Rachel Reeves said she wanted to reform the rules on non-domiciled status to prevent those who had made a long-term home in Britain from being able to avoid paying UK tax on their overseas income for up to 15 years.

Labour said it would replace the status with a system whereby those genuinely only residing in the UK for short periods could take advantage of a scheme preventing them from paying tax on their overseas income and gains.

The policy announcement came after weeks of chaos where the party refused to say what its position was on non-doms.

Shadow business secretary Ed Miliband had suggested he wanted to abolish the status, in line with the policy under Jeremy Corbyn, but Labour dodged on its official stance.     

Labour vows to abolish non-dom status 

Labour tried to turn up the heat on Rishi Sunak today by pledging to abolish non-doms.

Shadow chancellor Rachel Reeves said she wanted to reform the rules on non-domiciled status to prevent those who had made a long-term home in Britain from being able to avoid paying UK tax on their overseas income for up to 15 years.

Labour said it would replace the status with a system whereby those genuinely only residing in the UK for short periods could take advantage of a scheme preventing them from paying tax on their overseas income and gains.

The policy announcement came after weeks of chaos where the party refused to say what its position was on non-doms.

Shadow business secretary Ed Miliband had suggested he wanted to abolish the status, in line with the policy under Jeremy Corbyn, but Labour dodged on its official stance.      

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Meanwhile, Mr Johnson suffered another setback in the latest ConHome poll after seeing his position improve slightly to 33 last month. 

The PM is expected to tour Red Wall areas this week with just 10 days until crucial local and mayoral polls that are likely to decide his fate.

There are signs that the Tory revolt is becoming more coordinated, as Downing Street waits nervously to see whether Mr Johnson will receive more fines.

Rebels are not expected to mount an all-out attack until after the elections on May 5, and Scotland Yard will not give any update on its investigation before then.

But No10 has insisted it will disclose if Mr Johnson receives another penalty notice, and allies are said to acknowledge that his prospects of survival are no better than 50-50. 

There are also rumours that senior civil servant Ms Gray’s report on lockdown breaches in Whitehall could be even more damaging than previously feared. 

Around a dozen events are being investigated by the police, including a ‘bring-your-own-booze’ garden party, a gathering in the Cabinet Office to mark Mr Johnson’s 56th birthday and a series of leaving dos. 

In an interim report published in January, Ms Gray lashed out at ‘failures of leadership and judgment’ in No10.

One official apparently familiar with the contents of the full report told The Times: ‘Sue’s report is excoriating. It will make things incredibly difficult for the Prime Minister.

‘There’s an immense amount of pressure on her – her report could be enough to end him.’

Mr Sunak is scoring even lower than Boris Johnson (pictured), with the PM third from bottom on 6.6 amid his burgeoning Partygate woes

Last month's ratings for the ConservativeHome website showed the Chancellor slumping from eleventh to third from bottom

Last month's ratings for the ConservativeHome website showed the Chancellor slumping from eleventh to third from bottom

Last month’s ratings for the ConservativeHome website showed the Chancellor slumping from eleventh to third from bottom

Source: Daily Mail

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