The appointment of the TBEN chairman amid claims he helped Boris Johnson secure a loan – weeks before the then prime minister recommended him for the role – is a “very serious” allegation that needs to be investigated, the secretary of state has said. the shadow culture said.
Lucy Powell has written to the Commissioner of Public Appointments asking it to look into the process that got Richard Sharp the job.
She told TBEN Radio 4’s Today programme: “I wrote to him because there are some very serious allegations here and there is great concern about the recruitment process of this very important role as chairman of the TBEN Trust (who is) there to get the to uphold the impartiality and independence of the TBEN, something that we regularly hear from this government that they feel is not being enforced.
“Yet we discover that the man appointed to this position was at the same time helping to advise the then prime minister on a shady, grubby deal with his messy finances.”
She added: “I don’t think any reasonable person can see that this was not a serious conflict of interest and somehow did not influence the Prime Minister’s opinion of the candidate’s suitability for the position.”