Ethics adviser to scandal-hit British leader Boris Johnson quits – Boston News, Weather, Sports

LONDON (AP) – The Ethics Advisor of Scandal-ridden Prime Minister Boris Johnson has resigned weeks after an investigator’s report criticized the British leader for leading a culture of rule-breaking in government.

Christopher Geidt resigned late Wednesday with a terse statement, in which he said: “It is with regret that I see fit that I resign from my post as independent adviser on ministers’ interests.” Johnson’s office said it was from the decision surprised.

Geidt had remained in his job as allegations about his judgment and ethics swept Johnson, culminating in the “Partygate” scandal about parties at government buildings during the UK’s coronavirus lockdown. Johnson was one of 83 people fined by police, and an official’s report says Johnson and senior officials must be held accountable for “failures in leadership and judgment” that created a rule-breaking culture in government to have.

When questioned by lawmakers this week, Geidt admitted he was “frustrated” in his job, noting he was appointed by the Prime Minister and therefore not “truly independent”.

The resignation of his handpicked ethics adviser is the latest blow to Johnson, who survived a vote of no confidence from his own Conservative Party last week. He is a weakened leader after 41% of Conservative lawmakers voted to remove him.

Johnson is still facing a parliamentary ethics probe that could lead to a conclusion that he deliberately misled parliament about “Partygate” – traditionally a resignation offense

Geidt’s predecessor as ethics adviser, Alex Allan, also resigned, resigning in November 2020 after the Prime Minister ignored his finding that a cabinet member had been bullying her staff and breaching the ministerial code of conduct – also normally an offense of resignation.

“The loss of an adviser on ministerial interests by the prime minister can be seen as unfortunate. Losing two looks like negligence,” said Conservative lawmaker William Wragg, a critic of Johnson.

Geidt, a former private secretary to Queen Elizabeth II, had been accused of sparing top officials in his investigations. Last year he acquitted Johnson of violating the Ministers’ Act by failing to disclose that a Conservative Party donor funded a costly renovation of the Prime Minister’s Office.

In April, he acquitted CFO Rishi Sunak of wrongdoing in relation to his wife’s tax affairs and his possession of a US permanent resident card.

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