“Resignation is one of the rather blunt but few tools available to the adviser,” he told a Commons committee earlier this week.
A No 10 source told PA news agency Johnson was “surprised” by his departure announced on Wednesday. “This is a mystery to the PM,” they added.
Lord Geidt becomes the second ethics advisor to quit during Johnson’s tenure, and the jokes pretty much wrote themselves on social media.
\u201cLord Geidt has just quit, so he's the second ethics advisor in a row to resign. It's almost as if they don't like the job of telling me I have broken the Ministerial Code then me telling them to shut up.\u201d
\u201cBREAKING; Lord Geidt - the guy who clears Tories of the most blatant ethics breaches - has just resigned as the government's ethics adviser because even he thinks they've gone too far this time x\u201d
— Laura Kuenssberg Translator (@Laura Kuenssberg Translator)
\u201cBreaking: Johnson appoints new ethics advisor\u201d
\u201cLord Geidt quits as Boris Johnson\u2019s ethics advisor.\n\u201cWith regret, I feel that it is right that I am resigning from my post as Independent Adviser on Ministers\u2019 Interests.\u201d\n\nThat\u2019s 2 ethics advisers in a row that resigned\nWhat does that say about the ethics of the one they advise?\u201d
\u201cSo that\u2019s two of the PMs handpicked ethics advisers who have resigned - the first over the Priti Patel bullying, then a 5 month gap with no adviser, and now Geidt can take no more. The total inadequacy of our system for holding a rogue PM to account is laid bare tonight\u201d