Top officials urged to launch probe into Boris Johnson’s ‘work for Carrie’ claims

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Labor has called for an investigation, after the Mirror revealed this week that Mr Johnson had spoken to Downing Street aides about the possibility of securing jobs for Ms Johnson.

Cabinet Secretary Simon Case has been asked to launch an independent inquiry into allegations that Boris Johnson tried to secure plum jobs for his wife Carrie.

Labor has called for an investigation, after the Mirror revealed this week that Mr Johnson had spoken to Downing Street aides about the possibility of finding jobs for Ms Johnson.

And it follows allegations he tried to make her his £100,000-a-year chief of staff two years earlier when he was Foreign Secretary and she was his girlfriend.

Deputy Labor leader Angela Rayner wrote to Mr Case today, saying it was ‘clearly inappropriate’ for the Prime Minister to be ‘judge and jury in his own case’.

She suggested either Mr Case, the Cabinet Secretary, investigate the allegations himself, refer the matter to a committee of Parliament or encourage the Prime Minister to appoint an ‘interim watchdog’. ‘ethics emergency’ to replace Lord Geidt, who resigned last week.

Lord Geidt is reported to believe the incident “might be his successor’s business” and “might be ripe for an investigation”.







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Sources have told the Mirror that the Prime Minister wants to find her a role as Green Ambassador ahead of the global climate summit in Glasgow. They claim her second idea was to appoint her communications director for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s Earthshot Prize.

Insiders suggest he wanted Mr Simon Case, who was previously Prince William’s private secretary, to ‘take polls’.

But the Prime Minister’s closest advisers reportedly vetoed both suggestions, warning that either stance could undermine his wife’s status as a private citizen.

Mr Case is not believed to have had a conversation about Earthshot’s role with the Palace and no formal request has been made to the COP organisers.

In her letter to Mr Case, Ms Rayner wrote: ‘Not only does it raise serious questions about the foolishness and corruption at the heart of Boris Johnson’s Downing Street, but shows a complete disregard for taxpayers’ money.

“Indeed, pushing for a £100,000 taxpayer-funded position for his partner is a shameless act of cronyism, and just another example of this Prime Minister prioritizing himself and his loved ones over maximizing taxpayers’ hard-earned money.”

Separately, Ms Rayner has written to Lord Evans, the chairman of the Standards in Public Life Committee, asking him to launch an inquiry and to express concern at the ‘glaring hole in the standards system which has been revealed with the resignation of Lord Geidt. ”

In response to Ms Rayner’s letter, Mr Case noted that he was not Cabinet Secretary in 2018, when Mr Johnson was Foreign Secretary, and had “no involvement in any [Foreign Office] staff matters at that time. »

But he confirmed that in the autumn of 2020 a former member of the No10 team asked him about ‘opportunities for Ms Johnson with environmental charities’.

He wrote: “I was happy to have a casual chat with someone involved with the EARthshot award about the roles available, as I would have done for anyone with relevant experience who is willing to get involved in works. charities.”

But he insisted there was ‘no inappropriate conduct’ and that he would not refer to the standards commissioner.

There is no suggestion that Ms Johnson was aware of the Prime Minister’s alleged conversations.

A No 10 spokesman said: ‘The Prime Minister has never recommended Ms Johnson for a government role or as part of the Earthshot Prize.

But they did not deny the claim that he discussed the matter with Downing Street aides.

Pressed on the matter on Monday, the Prime Minister’s official spokesman said: ‘The Prime Minister has never recommended Ms Johnson for a role in government, nor for the Earthshot Prize.

“Beyond that, I would not participate in any conversations the Prime Minister may or may not have had in private.”

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