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No 10 limits power of new standards adviser Lord Geidt

Lord Geidt will raise cases of potential ministerial misconduct
Lord Geidt will raise cases of potential ministerial misconduct
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Boris Johnson has appointed Lord Geidt, the Queen’s former private secretary, as his new adviser on ministerial interests but refused to expand his powers significantly.

The committee on standards in public life, a government watchdog, had wanted the next holder of the position to be independently able to initiate investigations into potential wrongdoing. But Johnson said he was keeping the power to stop investigations into ministerial wrongdoing.

However, in a move welcomed by the committee, he appointed Geidt to the role and gave him permission to “ascertain the facts” surrounding the Downing Street flat refurbishment.

He also agreed to demands from the crossbench peer that the result of any investigations would be published in a “timely manner”. Johnson was criticised for delaying the publication