By Peter McLaren-Kennedy • 15 June 2022 • 20:15
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The resignation on June 15 makes Lord Geidt the second ethics adviser to Boris Johnson to resign from the role over the prime minister’s behaviour.
Lord Geidt, who was due to appear before a Commons select committee on Tuesday, had been at odds with Boris Johnson over a number of issues. More recently and the final straw in terms of his resignation is his failure to back Johnson, saying that there were legitimate questions to be asked and answered following the investigation into Partygate by Sue Gray and the police.
Previously he had said that his role lacked teeth and that responsibility for enforcing ethics within parliament should not lie with the prime minister but rather with the organisation tasked with investigating complaints into the behaviours of the members of parliament.
The previous ethics adviser, Sir Alex Allan, stepped down in November 2020 over the way the ministerial code was being implemented by the current Government.
Previously private secretary to the Queen, Lord Geidt said he was leaving the role, which he took up in April last year, “with regret”, but that it was the “right thing” to do.
With the resignation of Johnson’s second ethics adviser, questions will once again be asked in parliament about whether the prime minister is the man to lead the country.
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