‘Cash for Boris’ report into Richard Sharp’s appointment as BBC chairman set to be published

A report into Richard Sharp’s appointment to the position of BBC chairman is ready to be revealed following accusations he helped facilitate an £800,000 mortgage assure for Boris Johnson.

The investigation by barrister Adam Heppinstall KC is predicted to be revealed on Friday morning.

In line with the Occasions, the “damning” investigation will conclude Mr Sharp breached the foundations by making a notion of a battle of curiosity.

The evaluate, carried out by the Workplace of the Commissioner for Public Appointments, will think about whether or not Mr Sharp had accurately disclosed any alleged involvement within the facilitation of the mortgage to then-PM Boris Johnson.


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Mr Sharp has to this point denied facilitating the mortgage, though he has beforehand accepted organising a gathering between the top of the civil service and millionaire Sam Blyth, a distant cousin of Johnson’s who had supplied to offer him monetary help in late 2020.

Sharp, an ex-investment banker and Conservative social gathering donor, had already utilized to be BBC chairman on the time the assembly came about.

Following his appointment to the publish of BBC chair overseeing the general public broadcaster’s independence in 2021, the circumstances of Mr Sharp’s choice had been known as into query when reviews across the mortgage surfaced within the Sunday Occasions in January. 

Since then, Mr Sharp has confronted calls from opposition events and former senior BBC figures to step down.

One supply advised The Occasions: “When it’s all laid out clearly, it exposes simply how extraordinary the entire episode is.”

Nonetheless, Mr Sharp’s legal professionals are understood to have disputed the criticisms made within the report after receiving a letter summarising its findings.

He’s additionally mentioned to be reluctant to resign, which would go away it to the prime minister  to find out his destiny.

Talking this morning, Labour’s shadow transport secretary Louise Haigh mentioned that Mr Sharp ought to resign as BBC chair if the report finds he acted improperly.

Ms Haigh advised Sky Information: “Whether it is revealed that he has did not declare the main points of this mortgage association correctly or did not be forthcoming within the course of, then after all, he must go.”

She additionally pointed to a broader situation: “This entire affair has forged an awesome cloud over public belief within the BBC and the way in which appointments are made in the intervening time, and it’s been actually regarding to see how the federal government has sat again and completed little or no concerning the potential breaches within the course of and completed nothing to assist restore belief and religion within the impartiality of the BBC.”

She added: “We have to see the end result of the report and we have to see it acted on accordingly.”

She mentioned that the case raises “wider points” about how the federal government and the Conservative social gathering have interacted with the BBC.