Minister ‘Comfortable’ With Boris Johnson Not Appointing New Ethics Adviser

A minister said they would be “comfortable” if Boris Johnson did not appoint a new ethics adviser after the last two people to hold the job resigned.

Lord Geidt dramatically resigned from his post on Wednesday night, accusing the Prime Minister of suggesting a “willful” breach of the Ministerial Code.

Sir Alex Allan resigned in 2020 after the Prime Minister refused to accept his finding that Home Secretary Priti Patel had been bullying officials.

Downing Street said yesterday the Prime Minister could decide simply not to replace Geidt.

Speaking to Sky News on Friday morning, Business Secretary Paul Scully was asked if he would be happy if a new ethics chief were not appointed.

He said: “I think I would be fine with that as long as there is a mechanism that (ensures) that the Prime Minister and I as a minister are of the highest standards.

“There is a ministerial code there and we want to make sure it is respected because it sets out the principles that we all stand by, not just as MPs when we first come into the House but when we take office as ministers accept .”

When asked if he could say Johnson held high standards, Mr. Scully said, “Yes, I can.”

The Ministerial Code is a set of rules and principles that govern the standards of behavior of ministers, including the Prime Minister.

Asked whether Geidt would be replaced as the minister’s interest adviser, the Prime Minister’s spokesman said: “We have not yet taken a final decision on how best to exercise this function, whether it relates to a specific individual or not.

The spokesman said Johnson would “review this carefully before determining next steps.” Minister ‘Comfortable’ With Boris Johnson Not Appointing New Ethics Adviser

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