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Independent body to adjudicate on compliance with the Ministerial Code

Submitted by Richard Woodfield on Sunday 22nd November 2020

Published on Wednesday 2nd December 2020

Current status: Open

Open until: Wednesday 2nd June 2021

Current Signatures: 12,497
(count is updated approximately hourly)

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abuse ~ Code ~ Judge ~ Judges ~ Ministerial Code ~ Ministers ~ PM ~ Popular ~ Prime Minister ~ The Prime Minister ~ Wide

Petition Action

Independent body to adjudicate on compliance with the Ministerial Code

Petition Details

An external, non party political body (for example, the Committee on Standards in Public Life) should be made responsible for determining whether a Minister's behaviour has breached the Ministerial Code.

Additional Information

Currently, the Prime Minister is responsible for deciding whether a Minister's actions compy with the Ministerial Code. The PM is both judge and jury in relation to complaints and is entirely free to reject the advice of his independent advisor. The system is wide open to abuse, with decisions on breaches of the Code potentially being influenced by irrelevant party political considerations, such as whether a Minister is popular with backbenchers or party members.


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