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Introduce an independent body to enforce the Ministerial Code

Submitted by Ms Sue Harte on Wednesday 9th November 2022

Published on Thursday 17th November 2022

Current status: Open

Open until: Wednesday 17th May 2023

Current Signatures: 375
(count is updated approximately hourly)

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Allegations ~ Code ~ independence ~ Ministerial ~ Ministerial Code ~ Ministers ~ Prime ~ Prime Minister ~ Professional ~ Sanctions ~ The Government ~ The Prime Minister

Petition Action

Introduce an independent body to enforce the Ministerial Code

Petition Details

We want the process for enforcing the Ministerial Code to be strengthened, with an independent body established to consider allegations of breaches, and decide on any sanctions, in a clear and consistent way. This would better reflect processes that apply to other professions.

Additional Information

Currently the Prime Minister can decide to take no action even if there is evidence of behaviour that would result in any other professional being instantly dismissed.

Ministers have been allowed to continue in post even when there has been evidence of serious wrongdoing. This erodes confidence in the Government and allows poor and unacceptable behaviour to continue. We believe the Government is setting a very poor example by allowing unacceptable behaviour not having consequences.


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