The Daily Telegraph

No 10 ethics adviser role might go, says PM’S spokesman

- By Nick Gutteridge POLITICAL CORRESPOND­ENT

LIZ TRUSS may not appoint a new independen­t ethics adviser to oversee standards in Downing Street, her spokesman has said.

The Prime Minister is yet to decide whether she will scrap the role but is committed to “ensure the Government is held to the highest standards”, the spokesman added.

The role has been vacant since Lord Geidt walked out in June following the partygate scandal, with Boris Johnson deciding not to replace him.

Ms Truss had hinted she may look to scrap the ethics adviser job during the Tory leadership campaign.

“The Prime Minister wants to consider the best way to achieve the functions of that role, that level of oversight, and to ensure the Government is held to the highest standards as the public expect,” her spokesman said yesterday.

The bosses of the FDA and Prospect unions, which represent almost 50,000 civil servants, have written a joint letter to Ms Truss urging a rethink. Raising concerns over sexual harassment, they said she must reinstate the role to “root out” a “culture of impunity”.

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