Liam Fox and the Ministerial Code

The report of the Cabinet Secretary into the allegations concerning the Rt Hon Dr Liam Fox MP, who last week resigned as Secretary of State for Defence, has now been published on the Cabinet Office website. See further here.

The report is an example of the constitutional rules pertaining to ministerial behaviour being enforced. The rules, as we describe in chapter 3 of the book, are conventional in character (rather than legal). But as the case of Dr Fox illustrates, this does not mean that they cannot be effectively and speedily enforced.

The Cabinet Secretary’s report is worth reading as an example of what we say in Ch 3 about the enforcement of constitutional conventions; it is likewise worth reading alongside what we say about the conduct of Ministers in Ch 6 (pp 396 ff); and alongside what we say about ministerial responsibility and resignations in Ch 9 (pp 573 ff).

 

 

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Liam Fox and the Ministerial Code