Originally Posted by Mbruno
Was Lord Geidt's appointment prompted by the PM's current imbroglio involving the refurbishment of his Downing Street flat ?
Without going into UK politics, yes, it's related to the Prime Minister's controversy on the renovation of 10 Downing Street. In this BBC article on the upcoming Electoral Commission Investigation, it also mentioned Lord Geidt's appointment.
Electoral Commission to investigate Boris Johnson's Downing Street flat renovations
The Electoral Commission has launched an investigation into funding of works on Boris Johnson's Downing Street flat.
No 10 has also confirmed the appointment of a new independent adviser on ministers' interests.
Crossbench peer Lord Geidt will take up the role, unfilled for five months since the resignation of Sir Alex Allan in November 2020.
Sir Alex quit after Mr Johnson rejected his finding that Home Secretary Priti Patel had broken the ministerial code over bullying allegations.
Downing Street also confirmed Lord Geidt would carry out his own inquiry into the funding of the renovations and "advise the prime minister on any further registration of interests that may be needed".
However, the prime minister's spokesman later said Mr Johnson "remains the ultimate arbiter" of the ministerial code - setting out rules of conduct - and would decide whether to accept or reject any findings.
Unlike the Australian Electoral Commission The UK's Electoral Commission has previously been accused of not being politically non-partisan (mostly by Conservative politicians) and hence the "PM would decide whether to accept or reject any findings" quote.