imon Case has admitted he had an “casual dialog” about potential roles at a royal charity for the Prime Minister’s now-wife after a immediate from No 10.
The Cupboard Secretary was responding to a letter from Labour deputy chief Angela Rayner, through which she challenged him over his involvement in Boris Johnson’s alleged efforts to attempt to safe Carrie Johnson high jobs.
Ms Rayner requested Mr Case whether or not he had approached the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s Royal Basis in 2020 a couple of place for Mr Johnson’s then-fiancee.
In autumn 2020 a former member of the Quantity 10 workforce requested about alternatives for Mrs Johnson with environmental charities
In response, Mr Case insisted there had been “no improper conduct”, saying: “I didn’t advocate Mrs Johnson for any position.
“In autumn 2020 a former member of the Quantity 10 workforce requested about alternatives for Mrs Johnson with environmental charities.
“I used to be completely happy to have a casual dialog with somebody concerned with the Earthshot Prize about what roles have been accessible, as I might have completed for anybody with related expertise who was eager to get entangled with charity work”.
The Prime Minister on Wednesday didn’t deny claims he had spoken to aides about environmental roles for his spouse in 2020, both for the Cop26 summit or with the Royal Household.
It adopted studies Mr Johnson tried to rent Carrie Symonds, as she then was, as his £100,000-a-year chief of employees when he was Overseas Secretary in 2018.
In her letter to Mr Case, Ms Rayner wrote: “There are actually critical questions for the Prime Minister to reply about doubtlessly impropriety and battle of curiosity in his lobbying for a high-paying tax-funded job for his companion in 2018, Carrie Johnson.
“Studies counsel that whereas Overseas Secretary, Mr Johnson tried to get Ms Johnson appointed to a Overseas Workplace job in 2018, and to different roles together with one with a royal charity”.
She stated it raised “critical questions on sleaze and corruption” in Downing Road.
Ms Rayner went on to say: “It’s clearly inappropriate that the Prime Minister must be the decide and jury in his personal case, so I ask you to verify that this matter will probably be topic to an unbiased probe and absolutely investigated”.
She additionally wrote individually to Lord Evans, chairman of the Committee on Requirements in Public Life, calling on him to “instigate an unbiased investigation into this matter”.
Downing Road stated Mr Johnson had by no means really useful Mrs Johnson for a Authorities position, however stopped wanting denying that he thought of or mentioned the transfer.
The Prime Minister’s official spokesman this week stated: “The Prime Minister has by no means really useful Mrs Johnson for a Authorities position, or one as a part of the Earthshot Prize.
“Past that I wouldn’t get into any conversations the Prime Minister might or might not have had in non-public.”
In her letter, Ms Rayner stated she was writing to Mr Case “within the absence of an Unbiased Adviser of Ministers’ Pursuits” following the resignation of Lord Geidt.
Mr Johnson’s unbiased ethics adviser stood down final week, saying he had been narrowly clinging on in his position over partygate however in the end stop after being pressured into an “unimaginable and odious” place by the Prime Minister over metal tariffs.
Ms Rayner stated she was involved concerning the “evident gap within the requirements system” left by Lord Geidt’s resignation.