Johnson’s ethics adviser quits

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His predecessor, Sir Alex Allan, quit in 2020 after Johnson overruled him over a report into alleged bullying by Home Secretary Priti Patel…reports Asian Lite News

Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s ethics adviser Lord Geidt has resigned a day after saying there was a “legitimate question” about whether Boris Johnson broke ministerial rules over Partygate, according to media reports.

Lord Geidt did not give a reason for leaving the role he took in April, but said it was the “right thing” to do, the BBC reported.

His predecessor, Sir Alex Allan, quit in 2020 after Johnson overruled him over a report into alleged bullying by Home Secretary Priti Patel.

The government said it was “surprised” by Lord Geidt’s decision.

“Whilst we are disappointed, we thank Lord Geidt for his public service,” the BBC quoted a spokesperson  as saying.

However, the spokesperson gave no reason for the resignation but said Lord Geidt had been asked this week “to provide advice on a commercially sensitive matter in the national interest, which has previously had cross-party support. No decision had been taken pending that advice”.

No 10 did not make it clear what these comments referred to.

Earlier this, Prime Minister Boris Johnson won a no-confidence vote among Conservative lawmakers.

The confidence vote on Johnson’s leadership was triggered after the number of lawmakers who submitted letters of no-confidence in him to Brady reached 54, or 15 percent of Conservative lawmakers.

With the win, Johnson won’t face another no-confidence vote for a year under the current Conservative Party rules.

The Prime Minister has been dogged for months by “partygate” scandals involving him and his staff at Downing Street during Covid-19 lockdowns in 2020 and 2021. He received a fine by the British police in April for attending one of the alcohol-fueled parties, making him the first sitting prime minister in British history to be penalized for breaking the law.

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