Labor MP argues why we should be concerned about not hiring a new ethics consultant

Labor Party’s Thangam Debbonaire wasted no time in criticizing Boris Johnson over reports that he might not hire a new head of ethics at BBC Question Time.

His robust attack came after Lord Geidt suddenly resigned earlier this week.

It was revealed in his resignation letter that he believed the prime minister had made a “mockery” of the ministerial code, proposed a “deliberate” violation of the rules that had placed Geidt in “an impossible and odious position”.

Geidt’s departure means Johnson has lost two ethics advisers in less than three years during his time at 10th place.

Then a spokesperson suggested that the prime minister might not even hire a new ethics chief — a claim that raised alarm bells among his critics.

House of Commons shadow leader Debbonaire was quick to highlight this issue on Thursday night.

She told Question Time: “Losing an ethics counselor is an oversight, but missing out on two shots of something much more serious.

“It’s really troublesome when an ethics adviser, which is clearly the tone of his letter to the prime minister, has gritted his teeth these past few months and stands his ground and trying to keep up.”

Conservative MP Matt Vickers then intervened that Geidt was “trying to renew his contract” after allegations that the ethics chief had asked to extend his term for another six months just this week, but Debbonaire ignored him.

She suggested that the “cricket” Geidt received from the parliamentary committee over the prime minister’s possible breach of the ministerial code across the party portal may have been the final straw.

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