Dido Harding appointment ‘corrupting our constitution’ – Lord Falconer

Tory peer’s twin civil service roles are incompatible with taking the Conservative whip, says former justice secretary

Boris Johnson has been accused by a former Labour lord chancellor of corrupting the constitution by appointing Tory peer Dido Harding to powerful twin civil service roles in the fight against Covid-19.

Lord Falconer, who is also a former justice secretary, spoke out as his party’s leader in the House of Lords Baroness Angela Smith wrote to the newcabinet secretary, Simon Case, asking for urgent clarification of what appeared to be a clear breach of the civil service code.

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