Nadhim Zahawi slammed by Nigel Farage for 'climbing the greasy pole' - 'I thought he had principles'

The former Education Secretary assumed the role of Chancellor of the Exchequer this evening

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GB News Presenter Nigel Farage slammed the appointment of Nadhim Zahawi as Chancellor of the Exchequer following the resignation of senior cabinet member Rishi Sunak.

Speaking on GB News' Dan Wootton Tonight, Nigel said: "I thought Zahawi had principles, but tonight we learned all he's interested in is climbing that greasy pole"

Downing Street confirmed the announcement earlier this evening, stating Mr Zahawi would assume the role following the resignation of Mr Sunak.

Nigel emphasised his distain at the decision, stating: "I'm disappointed to the extreme Dan, I thought Zahawi was one of those people that could replace Boris Johnson, to break us out of the old Etonian mould".

Secretary of State for Education Nadhim Zahawi leaving 10 Downing Street, London, following the resignation of two senior cabinet ministers, Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak and Health Secretary Sajid Javid. Picture date: Tuesday July 5, 2022.
Secretary of State for Education Nadhim Zahawi leaving 10 Downing Street, London, following the resignation of two senior cabinet ministers, Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak and Health Secretary Sajid Javid. Picture date: Tuesday July 5, 2022.

Rishi Sunak and his fellow Senior Minister Sajid Javid, left the Prime Minister grappling for his position in office, following mounting questioning over his handling of the row over MP Chris Pincher.

Rishi Sunak resigned earlier today following a raging row over the conduct of MP Chris Pincher
Rishi Sunak resigned earlier today following a raging row over the conduct of MP Chris Pincher

Mr Pincher quit as deputy chief whip following claims that he groped two men at a private members’ club, but Mr Johnson was told about allegations about him as far back as 2019.

The Prime Minister acknowledged he should have sacked Mr Pincher when he was told about the claims against him when he was a Foreign Office minister in 2019, but instead Mr Johnson went on to appoint him to other government roles.

Universities Minister Michelle Donelan will assume Nadhim Zahawi's previous role as Education Secretary, Downing Street confirmed.

Taking over Sajid Javid's position, former Chief of Staff at Downing Street Steve Barclay was appointed as Health Secretary this afternoon.

The Former Health Secretary outlined in his letter to the Prime Minister, how the British people “rightly expect integrity from their Government”.

Sajid Javid wrote: “The tone you set as leader, and the values you represent, reflect on your colleagues, your party and ultimately the country.

“Conservatives at their best are seen as hard-headed decision makers, guided by strong values. We may not have always been popular, but we have been competent in acting in the national interest.

“Sadly, in the current circumstances, the public are concluding that we are now neither.”

Nadhim Zahawi first rose to the public eye as the man who pioneered the vaccine roll-out during the coronavirus pandemic.

Most recently the Education Secretary, he had early success as the vaccines minister, helping to lead the Government’s vaccine programme following his appointment in November 2020.