Partygate report put civil servants in difficult position, says cabinet secretary Simon Case

6/28/2022 11:27:00 PM

Appointing civil servants to investigate the prime minister's conduct puts them 'in a genuinely difficult position', the cabinet secretary has said

Appointing civil servants to investigate the prime minister's conduct puts them 'in a genuinely difficult position', the cabinet secretary has said

Speaking to a Commons select committee, the head of the civil service said investigations into the prime minister should be avoided 'wherever possible' as they were difficult for staff.

"Its function is not to provide some sort of judicial function over ministers."The cabinet secretary also said some people"used the language" of calling civil servants"independent", but he said that was"not correct".

Mr Case added:"The civil service is not independent. It is there to act impartially, it's one of our values, but the civil service is there to support the government of the day."And, as you say, asking civil servants to do these investigations put these civil servants in a genuinely difficult position."

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" The cabinet secretary also said some people"used the language" of calling civil servants"independent", but he said that was"not correct". Mr Case added:"The civil service is not independent. By Politics news editor, HuffPost UK 28/06/2022 04:17pm BST. It is there to act impartially, it's one of our values, but the civil service is there to support the government of the day. “Someone asked me earlier on if that means he’s a shoo-in for a Premier League job. "And, as you say, asking civil servants to do these investigations put these civil servants in a genuinely difficult position." Image: Simon Case sits beside Boris Johnson in cabinet meetings In the two-hour grilling of the top civil servant, Mr Case said"mistakes were made [and] boundaries weren't observed" during the pandemic, and said the conduct described in Ms Gray's report"would be horrifying in any setting". According to the Local Democracy Reporting Service , the latest review by Harrogate Council gathered the views of 689 respondents - 52% of whom said the event was not beneficial to Harrogate.

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