New “Tory slander” allegations as report says Liz Truss’ key adviser is paid by his own company rather than directly as a government employee

Downing Street has defended Liz Truss’s chief of staff, Mark Fullbrook, after it was revealed he is being paid through his lobbying firm rather than directly as a government employee.

Britain’s Cabinet Office said it was “not unusual” for a special adviser to join government “on secondment” and have his salary paid to a “posting company”. But the deal drew accusations of renewed “Tory smut” from opposition parties.

No. 10 did not deny that Liz Truss’ top adviser receives payments through Fullbrook Strategies, a private lobbying firm he founded in April Sunday times reported.

A spokesman for Mr Fullbrook denied speculation that the agreement would allow him to pay less tax. The spokesman said: “It was not established for tax purposes and Mr Fullbrook does not derive any tax benefit from it.”

A UK Cabinet spokesman said: “All government employees are subject to the necessary checks and verifications and all special advisers declare their interests in line with Cabinet guidance.”

Mr Fullbrook has been in the headlines since assuming his role as the government’s most senior political official two weeks ago.

It emerged last week that he was being questioned as a witness in an FBI investigation into alleged bribery in Puerto Rico.

Labor Deputy Leader Angela Rayner said the fact that Mr Fullbrook was “on loan” from a lobbying firm “raises serious questions about the new Prime Minister’s verdict.

Liberal Democrat Deputy Leader Daisy Cooper said: “The government of Liz Truss is proving to be nothing more than Boris Johnson’s and is sinking into filth, less than a month after taking office.”

https://www.independent.ie/world-news/europe/britain/new-tory-sleaze-claims-as-report-says-key-aide-to-liz-truss-is-paid-through-his-own-company-instead-of-directly-as-government-employee-42016421.html New “Tory slander” allegations as report says Liz Truss’ key adviser is paid by his own company rather than directly as a government employee

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