Press release 24th Oct 2022

Response to Conservative Party leadership results

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October 24, 2022 - Responding to the appointment of Rishi Sunak as Conservative Party leader and Britain’s next Prime Minister, Rachel Davies, Advocacy Director at Transparency International UK, said:

“We look forward to working with Rishi Sunak’s new administration to further efforts to stem the flow of dirty money into our country. Difficult times for the economy raise both the risk and impact of financial crime, so tackling illicit finance should remain a priority. Better regulation and more effective law enforcement could help the country prosper by making Britain the cleanest, safest place to do business globally.

“The new Prime Minister has the opportunity to show leadership with integrity and begin rebuilding trust in politics by drawing a line under the scandals plaguing Westminster in recent years. Filling the vacant ethics adviser job - as he promised - would be a good first step, but lending the Government’s support to the Public Service (Integrity and Ethics) Bill currently in the Lords would demonstrate a genuine commitment to improving standards in public life. We stand ready to advise the Prime Minister and his new team on the reforms needed to earn back the public’s trust and to prevent questions over behaviour and standards from distracting from the important business of government.”