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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