Boris Johnson’s ethics adviser resigns

According to a statement posted to the government website this evening, Boris Johnson’s ethics adviser Lord Geidt has tendered his resignation.

His statement read: “With regret, I feel that it is right that I am resigning from my post as Independent Adviser on Ministers’ Interests.”

Speaking to the House of Commons public administration and constitutional affairs committee yesterday, Geidt refused to reject claims he may have considered resignation following Boris Johnson’s fine for breaching Covid rules.

“I am glad that the prime minister was able to respond to my report and in doing so addressed aspects of the things about which I was clearly frustrated,” he said after being pressed by Labour MP John McDonnell, adding: “Resignation is one of the blunt but few tools available to the adviser. I am glad that my frustrations were addressed in the way that they were.”


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Responding to the resignation, Liberal Democrat Chief Whip Wendy Chamberlain MP said: “When both of Boris Johnson’s own ethics advisers have quit, it is obvious that he is the one who needs to go.

“This Prime Minister has constantly lied and broken the laws he wrote. It’s clear as day that he has broken the Ministerial Code too.

“For the good of Britain, the next resignation we should be hearing about is that of Boris Johnson.”

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