How Liz Truss’ private dinner may have broken the ministerial code

first_img Liz Truss sparks row over private talks with Australian minister When it was suggested that Truss had broken the code by not taking an official to the dinner, the spokesperson said: “She was told that it wasn’t necessary by the PPS.” They said: “Liz told her Principal Private Secretary (PPS) about the meeting and the PPS asked if she wanted anyone from the civil service there, to which she said ‘no’. International trade secretary Liz Truss said the deal would ensure the UK is connected to “where the big markets” will be in the future Also Read: Liz Truss sparks row over private talks with Australian minister However, Labour’s shadow trade secretary, Barry Gardiner, said Truss was clearly in violation of the rules. Share “A full read out [of the meeting] was given to him afterwards.” The code says: “If a Minister meets an external organisation or individual and finds themselves discussing official business without an official present…any significant content should be passed back to the department as soon as possible after the event.” Main image: Getty Monday 20 January 2020 10:33 pm Downing Street declined to comment. Stefan Boscia Show Comments ▼center_img A spokesperson for the Department of International Trade denied Truss had done anything wrong, claiming she raised the meeting with officials beforehand and reported back afterwards. Over dinner, the pair discussed a potential UK-Australia trade deal. However, City A.M. understands that no civil servants were at the meeting despite the ministerial code requiring the presence of an official “for all discussions relating to government business.” International trade secretary Liz Truss said the deal would ensure the UK is connected to “where the big markets” will be in the future International trade secretary Liz Truss has come under fire following a potential breach of the ministerial code of conduct. “The secretary of state has to explain why she did not abide by the code and cannot shuffle off the responsibility onto her private secretary.” A spokesperson for Truss did not deny the code of conduct had been breached. whatsapp “The ministerial code is quite clear that any meeting with a foreign government minister where policy is to be discussed should be attended by a civil servant,” he said. Truss met Australian trade minister Simon Birmingham at the end of December. Birmingham was visiting the UK in a personal capacity and the two politicians arranged to meet for a meal, along with their families. whatsapp by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May Likezenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comMisterStoryWoman files for divorce after seeing this photoMisterStoryNoteableyJulia Robert’s Daughter Turns 16 And Looks Just Like Her MomNoteableyBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeFinanceChatterViewers Had To Look Away When This Happened On Live TVFinanceChattermoneycougar.comDiana’s Butler Reveals Why Harry Really Married Meghanmoneycougar.commaternityweek.comWilliam and Kate Have Been Told Their Fate Once Charles Finally Becomes Kingmaternityweek.combonvoyaged.comThese Celebs Are Complete Jerks In Real Life.bonvoyaged.comPast Factory4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!Past Factory International trade secretary Liz Truss said the deal would ensure the UK is connected to “where the big markets” will be in the future Also Read: Liz Truss sparks row over private talks with Australian minister last_img

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