Lord Geidt and Boris Johnson’s letters in full as Downing Street issues resignation | Politics News



Lord Geidt, who was Boris Johnson’s ethics adviser, resigned on Wednesday evening.

Downing Street published his letter and the Prime Minister’s response.

Read the letters in full below.

Letter from Lord Geidt to Prime Minister Boris Johnson

Downing Street handout photo of Lord Christopher Geidt's letter of resignation to Boris Johnson following his resignation as Prime Minister's adviser to ministers.  interests.  Date of issue: Thursday, June 16, 2022.

Dear Prime Minister,

Yesterday I appeared before the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee of Parliament.

I was pleased to have the opportunity to report on the recent changes to the Ministerial Code, the mandate of the Independent Advisor and the support to the Office of the Independent Advisor.

I was questioned at length about my recent annual report, I alluded to my frustration, as my preface clearly shows, that you did not publicly refer to your own conduct under the Ministerial Code in the period when investigations were ongoing.

This would be particularly important in the event that the Metropolitan Police convicted you, which they did, and/or if Sue Gray’s report included criticism of behavior under the Ministerial Code, which she did.

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Your letter in response to my annual report was welcome. It was about your lack of comment on your obligations under the departmental code so far.

You explained that by paying a Fixed Penalty, you had not violated the Ministerial Code.

The letter, however, did not specifically address the Sue Gray reporter’s criticism of your adherence to the Nolan Principles (on leadership, in particular).

The letter also did not mention that, although you were questioned several times in the House of Commons about your obligation under the Ministerial Code (after paying a notice of fixed penalty), your answers did not matter again. no reference.

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I reported to the select committee yesterday that I was pleased that you responded to my annual report to explain your position.

I am, however, disappointed that the account you gave is more complete as stated above.

Further, I regret the reference to “miscommunication” between our offices, with the implication that I was somehow responsible for you not being fully aware of my concerns.

Despite these inconsistencies and shortcomings, I believe it was possible to credibly continue as an independent advisor, albeit with a very small margin.

This week, however, I have been tasked with offering a view on the government’s intention to consider measures that risk a willful and willful violation of the Ministerial Code.

This request placed me in an impossible and odious position.

My off-the-record response on Monday was that you and any other minister should openly justify your position vis-à-vis the Code in such circumstances.

However, the idea that a Prime Minister could, to any degree, be deliberately breaking his own code is an affront.

A deliberate violation, or even an intention to do so, would be to suspend the provisions of the code to serve a political purpose.

It would make a mockery not only of compliance with the code by licence, but also of the suspension of its provisions governing the conduct of Her Majesty’s ministers.

I cannot participate in this.

Because of my duty as a witness in Parliament, this is the first time I have had the opportunity to act on the government’s intentions.

I therefore resign from this appointment with immediate effect.


The Right Honorable Lord Geidt

Boris Johnson’s response

Downing Street handout photo of Boris Johnson's resignation letter to Lord Christopher Geidt, who has resigned as Prime Minister's adviser to ministers.  interests.  Date of issue: Thursday, June 16, 2022.

Dear Lord Geidt,

I was sorry to receive your resignation letter yesterday.

I want to thank you for your service.

When we spoke on Monday, you said you were content to stay until the end of the year.

So your letter was a surprise.

You say you have been put in an impossible position with regard to my seeking your opinion on possible future decisions related to the Trade Remedies Authority.

My intention was to ask your opinion on the national interest in protecting a crucial industry, which is protected in other European countries and which would suffer material damage if we do not continue to apply such tariffs.

This has in the past enjoyed cross-party support.

This would be in accordance with our domestic law, but could be perceived as contrary to our WTO obligations.

By seeking your opinion before any decision is taken, I sought to ensure that we acted correctly in compliance with the ministerial code.

You have discharged your duties admirably under very difficult circumstances.

We discussed the burdens this increasingly public role places on you and the pressures that anyone in your place would feel.

On behalf of the government, I would like to renew my thanks for all your work.


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