What the papers say – January 23

Troubles for the former chancellor, Boris Johnson in Kyiv and benefit dependency are splashed across the front pages. Tory MPs have warned Nadhim Zahawi’s position as

Conservative Party chair is “untenable” due to questions over his tax affairs, reports The Independent. Metro says Labour has asked for an investigation into the appointment

of the BBC’s chairman amid claims he helped Mr Johnson secure a loan – weeks before the then-prime minister recommended him for the role. Mr Johnson has been lauded as “a

true friend” of Ukraine during a surprise visit to the country, according to the Daily Express. The Daily Telegraph says National Grid will today pay customers to switch off

to conserve electricity as temperatures plummet. The i reports the Business Secretary has ordered energy firms to stop forcibly installing prepayment meters, but the

companies say the “fundamental problem” is that millions cannot afford to pay. An investigation by The Times has found more than 40 British universities have collaborated

with institutions linked to the Uighur genocide, nuclear weapons development and hacking of China. Analysis in the Daily Mail shows Britain’s benefits dependency has reached

an all-time high, with more than half of households getting more from the Government than they pay in tax. Internal forecasts show the UK will be 15 years late in achieving

its £1 trillion annual export target after being hit by Brexit, reports The Guardian. The Daily Star asks if food firms are “taking the peas” after Tesco’s boss John Allan

accused the companies of hiking prices during the cost-of-living crisis.