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Boris Johnson’s ethics adviser Lord Geidt resigns over PM code controversy UK News

Lord Geidt tendered his resignation to the Prime Minister in a short statement on Wednesday.

The brief announcement was posted on the UK government’s website.

‘With regret, I feel it is right that I resign as Independent Adviser on the Interests of Ministers,’ it read.

Lord Geidt resigns ‘reluctantly’ as Boris Johnson’s ethics adviser

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The news comes after he refused to deny MPs whether he had considered quitting over Mr Johnson’s response to a fine for breaking lockdown rules.

Lord Geidt told the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee he felt “frustration” over the partygate scandal.

“I’m glad the Prime Minister was able to respond to my report and in doing so addressed aspects of things that clearly frustrated me,” he told the committee.

“Resignation is one of the rather crude but rare tools available to the adviser. I’m glad my frustrations were handled the way they were.

It has been reported that Lord Geidt threatened to resign last month after the publication of the Sue Gray report into lockdown breaches in Whitehall unless Mr Johnson issues a public explanation of his conduct.

It is not the first time that Mr Johnson’s ethics adviser has resigned in his three years as Prime Minister.

Lord Geidt is the second person after the departure of Sir Alex Allan in 2020.

Sir Allan resigned after Mr Johnson refused to accept his finding that Home Secretary Priti Patel had intimidated civil servants.

Boris Johnson would be totally surprised by the resignation of Lord Geidt as chief ethics officer.

A senior No 10 source told the PA news agency: ‘We are surprised it is a mystery to the Prime Minister.

“It wasn’t until Monday that he said he would like to stay for another six months.”

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