On Lord Geidt’s resignation and its constitutional significance

Less than three years into his premiership, Boris Johnson will (presumably) soon be appointing his third Independent Adviser on Ministers’ Interests. Today, the most recent incumbent, Lord Geidt, resigned. In a resignation statement that was Delphic and succinct in equal measure, he said: ‘With regret, I feel that it is right that I am resigning … Continue reading On Lord Geidt’s resignation and its constitutional significance

Should judges lead public inquiries?

The appointment of former Court of Appeal judge Lady Butler-Sloss as chair of the recently announced inquiry into historical allegations of child abuse attracted criticism principally because of suggestions of the appearance of a conflict of interest. Although, in the face of such criticism, she has now resigned, the broader—and more fundamental—question remains: should judges lead public inquiries … Continue reading Should judges lead public inquiries?

New book on accountability

Accountability in the Contemporary Constitution, edited by Nicholas Bamforth and Peter Leyland, has just been published by Oxford University Press. Full details of the book can be found here on the OUP website. My chapter is entitled "Ombudsmen, tribunals, inquiries: re-fashioning accountability beyond the courts". In it, I note that while courts play a prominent and … Continue reading New book on accountability