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Deputy Prime Minister

Asked if the Prime Minister was satisfied that the Deputy Prime Minister had not breached the ministerial code, the PMOS said that the fact that people may have made allegations didn’t make this any less of a private matter. The Prime Minister’s discussions with his Cabinet colleagues were private. Any specific allegations should be addressed to the ODPM. In terms of ministerial conduct, the PMOS said that the Prime Minister was of course the ultimate judge on the ministerial code. We should however proceed on the basis of facts rather than allegations. Asked if he was not prepared to state whether or not the Prime Minister was satisfied that the Deputy Prime Minister had abided by the ministerial code of conduct, the PMOS said that what he was saying was that he was not prepared to comment on unsubstantiated allegations. Put to him that it was not about making an allegation but a question as to whether the ministerial code came into play and whether the Prime Minister took this seriously or not, the PMOS said that the Prime Minister always took the ministerial code seriously. However he was not going to comment on speculation or allegations that were made without any facts. Asked if the ministerial code covered the fact that the Deputy Prime Minister had had a relationship with a civil servant in his own department, the PMOS said that it wouldn’t be right for him to start giving a commentary on the ministerial code.

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  1. If I had been caught in the same circumstances as Mr J Prescott at work It would have been instant dismissal but because this lot in the labour party think there are rules for them and everyone else does not matter He just smiles and gets away with it He should be SACKED

    Comment by Dorothy Johnson — 1 May 2006 on 6:54 pm | Link
  2. I have failed to find anyway other than the use of Facebook whereby I can contact the Prime Minister. I should be able to send an e-mail. I want him to receive a simple message which is -Please without equivocation make resoundingly clear that the behaviour of McBryde is despicable and a disgrace and that the offence caused is something he regrets without qualification.

    Comment by Dr Kenneth C B Wilkie — 13 Apr 2009 on 8:47 am | Link

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