Chair of Whitehall sleaze watchdog laments lack of diversity on panel

Appointment of Ewen Fergusson, a university friend of Boris Johnson, has led to concerns from members

Ministers have been urged to publish the scores of candidates who applied for a top role on Whitehall’s anti-sleaze watchdog, after its chair lamented that the latest appointment – a University of Oxford friend of Boris Johnson’s – had turned it into an all-white body.

Jonathan Evans, who chairs the Committee on Standards in Public Life, wrote to Michael Gove, the Cabinet Office minister, saying some members had “expressed concerns about our lack of visible diversity now as a group”.

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