All the investigations facing the government, explained
From the Greensill affair to renovations of Boris Johnson's flat, lots of questions are being asked.
London Assembly investigationWhat is the probe about?The assembly's 11-member Oversight Committee has aninto Mr Johnson's relationship with Ms Arcuri. It was paused during an investigation by the IOPC but is expected to resume.What are the terms of reference?
The Labour assembly member who chairs the committee, Len Duvall, said that after the IOPC probe concluded, the committee would look at Mr Johnson's conduct as mayor, including whether he adhered to the "principles of public life".What could happen?
Any finding that he acted improperly could be politically damaging, and embarrassing, for Mr Johnson. But as he is no longer mayor, the Assembly will not be able to impose any sanctions or question him further.Greensill CapitalA row about lobbying began earlier this year after it emerged that former Conservative prime minister David Cameron bombarded ministers and officials with texts on behalf of finance firm Greensill Capital. headtopics.com
His unsuccessful attempts to help the company take part in a government-backed Covid loan scheme have led to scrutiny of lobbying practices.Mr Cameron has insisted he had not broken any rules, but acknowledged it would be better for ex-PMs to communicate more formally with government figures, through letters rather than texts.
The Boardman reviewWhat is the probe about?After Mr Cameron's lobbying activities were revealed in several newspaper reports, Boris Johnson announceda review into government decisions involving Greensill. It will be led by lawyer Nigel Boardman, who has stepped aside as a non-executive board member at the business department to conduct the review. He has been told to report his "findings and any recommendations" before the end of June.
What are the terms of reference?The government has said Mr Boardman will look into the government's use of supply-chain finance, a financial technique in which Greensill specialised. The review will also examine the relationship between the firm and current and former ministers. It will also examine whether "relevant systems and policies" were upheld.Read more: BBC News (UK) »
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