Boris Johnson’s ‘hall of shame’ as ministers accused of breaking rules 29 times during his tenure

Labor said the “rot and rule-breaking” had spread “all the way up through this Tory government”.

Boris Johnson’s ministers have been branded a ‘hall of shame’ after members of his top team were accused of breaching the ministerial code 29 times under his leadership.

Labor said the “rot and rule-breaking” had spread “all the way up through this Tory government”.

Research by the Sunday Mirror revealed dozens of cases where some ministers appeared to have broken rules – from failing to declare external earnings to dodgy lobbying.

Mr Johnson has long been accused of refusing to discipline his ministers for breaking the rules.

And earlier this month he was accused of watering down the code so ministers with minor breaches of the code could get away without resigning.

And he blocked moves to allow Lord Geidt, his ethics adviser, to launch his own inquiries into ministers’ conduct.

Lord Geidt is due to appear before MPs on Tuesday and testify before an inquiry by the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee (PACAC).

Labor Deputy Leader Angela Rayner said: “Boris Johnson presides over a hall of shame at Downing Street. This catalog of filth and scandal shows the rot and rule-breaking that has spread from the top down through this Tory government.

“His motley crew of disgraced ministers brings more disgrace to our country with each passing day they hold on to office.

“The Prime Minister is now trying to rig the rules and lower the bar so that he and his cronies can escape punishment for their wrongdoing by simply pretending to be sorry.

“Labour has a plan to clean up politics and restore the standards of public life that this Prime Minister dragged through the mud.”

The list of alleged ministerial misdemeanor includes the dispute over the funding of Boris Johnson’s lavish home renovation.

And it includes Robert Jenrick’s decision to overturn a planning decision after a row erupted when it emerged he had exchanged lyrics with the Tory donor behind the controversial Westferry Printworks development, though he denied any connection.

Matt Hancock avoided any sanction after a “minor, technical breach” of the Code after initially failing to disclose his involvement with an NHS supplier.

He was eventually allowed to resign over his rule-breaking Covid affair with Gina Coladangelo – but only after Mr Johnson refused to fire him for days after the story broke.

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