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Boris Johnson’s job will be ‘untenable’ if flat revamp broke code, warns Gordon Brown

Gordon Brown has mentioned that Boris Johnson’s position will be “untenable” if he’s discovered to have damaged the ministerial code within the “cash for curtains” affair.

The Labour ex-Prime Minister mentioned that “clearly” any presents acquired from donors or different people need to be declared in keeping with the foundations.



Mr Johnson has dismissed as “trivia” allegations that he did not declare that Tory donors initially paid for the lavish refurbishment of the Downing Street flat.

However, there are early indications that the row is beginning to minimize via with voters because the polling hole between the Tories and Labour steadily narrows.

Mr Brown waded into the row because the Government tried to dismiss the rising backlash.



Gordon Brown waded into the row over the refurbishment of Boris Johnson’s official flat

“I think if he’s [ Boris Johnson ] breached the ministerial code and he’s told the House of Commons something that turns out not to be true, that becomes untenable,” he instructed BBC Radio 4’s Women’s Hour.

“People should not be receiving gifts because they’re in Government because you become beholden to people, you become in their debt, you cannot have that and clearly gifts have got to be declared.

“And lobbying, that is one other downside we have. I imply clearly no particular person ought to be coming into public service merely for personal acquire, so you have to have guidelines that cease folks making money by turning into industrial lobbyists for companies, generally overseas companies, urgent their very own authorities after they’ve left office, it is utterly unacceptable.

“Public service cannot be a platform for private gain.”

He added: “If he (Mr Johnson) would state that these principles were principles that he would uphold, and then publish the information that backs up that he’s doing all that then I think people would be satisfied, but you can’t really evade a question of wrongdoing by saying ‘my mind’s on something else’, you’ve got to do the right thing all the time.”

Scots Tory chief Douglas Ross mentioned on Sunday that Mr Johnson ought to stop if he’s discovered to have breached the ministerial code.

But Trade Secretary Liz Truss instructed Sky News: “I’m not going to answer hypotheticals about what might happen at some future date.

“What the Prime Minister has made clear is he has coated the price.”

The Electoral Commission introduced a proper investigation into the row final week, and the Prime Minister has additionally requested his new sleaze buster Lord Geidt to have a look at the controversy.

Lord Geidt will take a look at whether or not there was a breach of the ministerial code, which governs the conduct of prime politicians.

However the ultimate arbiter of the ministerial code is the Prime Minister, prompting concern about whether or not Mr Johnson would settle for the findings.

He beforehand overruled his adviser on ministerial requirements, Sir Alex Allen, over a probe into allegations of bullying by Home Secretary Priti Patel.


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