Labor has called for an inquiry after the Mirror revealed this week claims Mr Johnson had spoken to Downing Street aides about getting jobs for Ms Johnson
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Cabinet Secretary Simon Case has been urged to launch an independent inquiry into claims that Boris Johnson tried to secure plum jobs for his wife Carrie.
Labor has called for an inquiry after the Mirror revealed this week claims Mr Johnson had spoken to Downing Street aides about getting 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.
Labor Deputy 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 that either Mr Case, the Cabinet Secretary, investigates the claims himself, escalates the matter to a parliamentary committee, or encourages the Prime Minister to appoint a “temporary emergency ethics guard” to replace Lord Geidt, who resigned last week .
Lord Geidt reportedly believes the incident “could be a matter for his successor” and “could be ripe for an investigation”.
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Sources told the Mirror the Prime Minister wants to get her a job as a green ambassador ahead of the Glasgow climate summit. They claim his second idea was to use her as communications director for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s Earthshot Prize.
The insiders suggest he wanted Mr Simon Case, who was previously Prince William’s private secretary, to “do soundings”.
But the prime minister’s closest advisers are said to have rejected both proposals, warning that either position could undermine his wife’s status as a private individual.
Mr Case is not believed to have had a conversation with the Palace about Earthshot’s role and no formal request has been made to the COP organizers.
In her letter to Mr Case, Ms Rayner wrote: “This not only raises serious questions about the filth and corruption at the heart of Boris Johnson’s Downing Street, but also shows a complete disregard for taxpayers’ money.
“Indeed, lobbying for a taxpayer-funded £100,000 position for his partner is a shameless act of nepotism and just another example of this Prime Minister putting himself and those close to him first, rather than to get value for the taxpayer’s hard-earned money.”
Separately, Ms Rayner wrote to Lord Evans, Chair of the Committee on Standards in Public Life, to ask him to launch an inquiry and to express her concerns about the “blatant hole in the standards system revealed by Lord Geidt’s resignation. ”
In response to Ms Rayner’s letter, Mr Case noted that in 2018, when Mr Johnson was Foreign Secretary, he was not a Cabinet Secretary and that he “was not involved in anything [Foreign Office] Personnel issues at this time.”
But he confirmed that in autumn 2020 a former member of the No10 team asked him about “opportunities for Ms Johnson at environmental organisations”.
He wrote: “I was happy to have an informal chat with someone associated with the EARthshot Prize to see what roles are available, as I would have for anyone with relevant experience who would be interested in applying for wants to get involved in charitable causes.”
But he insisted there was “no improper conduct” and would not address the Standards Commissioner.
There is no indication that Ms Johnson knew of the Prime Minister’s alleged talks.
A spokesman for No10 said: “The Prime Minister has never recommended Ms Johnson for a government role or as part of the Earthshot Prize.”
But they have not disputed the claim that he raised the matter with Downing Street aides.
The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said on Monday on the matter: “The Prime Minister has never recommended Ms Johnson for a government role or as part of the Earthshot Prize.
“Furthermore, I would not meddle in any conversations that the Prime Minister may or may not have had privately.”
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/top-officials-urged-launch-probe-27314452 Senior officials have urged an investigation into Boris Johnson's 'job for Carrie' claims