Committee on Standards in Public Life
The Committee on Standards in Public Life (CSPL) is an advisory non-departmental public body of the UK government, established in 1994 to advise the Prime Minister on ethical standards of public life. The CSPL promotes a code of conduct called the Seven Principles of Public Life, also known as the Nolan principles after the first chairman of the committee, Lord Nolan.
Membership of the CSPL with effect from 1 August 2021 is Lord Evans of Weardale KCB DL (Chair), The Rt Hon Dame Margaret Beckett DBE MP (Lab), Ewen Fergusson, Dr Jane Martin CBE, Dame Shirley Pearce DBE, Professor Gillian Peele, The Rt Hon Lord Andrew Stunell CBE (Lib Dem) and The Rt Hon Jeremy Wright QC MP (Con).
Ewen Fergusson’s appointment has enraged one former chair of the CSPL. Sir Alistair Graham, who held the role for four years until 2007, said the appointment was a “pathetic” attempt to recruit an old friend of the PM to an independent committee:
- “It really is desperate if you have to be a university mate of Boris Johnson to qualify to sit on the committee that is supposed to examine sleaze. I doubt that the experience of the Bullingdon would provide any of the right qualifications. It seems like a completely inappropriate appointment."