Labour demands investigation into Matt Hancock breaching the Ministerial Code
Labour has demanded an investigation into Matt Hancock breaching the Ministerial Code following revelations of his relationship with someone he appointed as a government adviser and departmental director, after the Prime Minister said that he considered the matter “closed”.
Labour’s Deputy Leader and Shadow Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster has written to the Prime Minister, Cabinet Secretary and the government’s Independent Adviser on Ministers’ Interests demanding the investigation.
Rayner has accused the Health Secretary of appearing to have committed a breach of the Ministerial Code, which should result in his removal from his post as Health Secretary.
Full text of letter
Dear Prime Minister
Cc: Lord Geidt, Independent Adviser on Ministers’ Interests; Simon Case, Cabinet Secretary
I am writing to you regarding the Health Secretary. As you know, he has already been found to have breached the Ministerial Code regarding a company that he part-owns with his sister and was awarded NHS approved supplier status. Earlier this week I wrote to you regarding a potential further breach of the Ministerial Code when he promoted a private healthcare company without declaring that the company’s shareholders had made financial donations both to himself personally and to the Conservative Party.
News reports today suggest that he has now failed to declare that he was engaged in a relationship with someone who he personally appointed at taxpayers’ expense to serve as an adviser, and subsequently a Non-Executive Director, at the Department of Health and Social Care.
Such a failure would appear to be a further breach of the Ministerial Code, which in these circumstances should surely result in his removal from office.
If you are not prepared to act on your own initiative as Prime Minister, I would urge you to instruct your Independent Adviser to immediately investigate the Health Secretary’s conduct and his apparent breach of the Ministerial Code. Any documents, correspondence and the findings of this investigation should be published in full.
Given the public interest in this matter I will be making this letter public.
Rt Hon Angela Rayner MP
Deputy Leader of the Labour Party
Shadow Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster