Last night Boris Johnson’s ethic chief, Lord Geidt quit in a move which could derail the Prime Minister’s bid to rebuild his premiership.
Next week there are two elections looming and there will be another investigation into Johnson by the Privileges Committee to find out if he lied over the Downing Street parties which happened during lockdown.
Lord Geidt wrote in statement, “With regret, I feel that it is right that I am resigning from my post as Independent Adviser on Ministers’ Interests.”
Lord Geidt had repeatedly clashed with Johnson the first was over the investigation into the funding of the refurbishment of the Downing Street flat.
A senior Downing Street source said, “We are all surprised, this is a mystery to the PM.
“Only on Monday Lord Geidt indicated to the PM he would like to stay on for another six months.”
The former No10 aide Dominic Cummings said he “was sad to see Geidt defend indefensible, good to see he’s seen the light.”
Labour’s Deputy Leader Angela Rayner said on Wednesday evening, “The Prime Minister has now driven both of his own hand picked ethics advisers to resign in despair. If even they can’t defend his conduct in office, how can anyone believe he is fit to govern?
“Yet he remains propped up in office by a Conservative party that is mired in sleaze and totally unable to tackle the cost of living crisis facing the British people.
“The person who should be leaving Number Ten tonight is Boris Johnson himself. Just how long does the country have to wait before Tory MPs finally do the right thing?”