Dear Prime Minister
We write on behalf of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Anti-Corruption, regarding the role of the Anti-Corruption Champion.
The role of the Anti-Corruption Champion has been a Prime Ministerial appointment, with a remit to bring leadership and coordination on anti-corruption issues. The precedent has been that the role be at cabinet level, with the Rt. Hon. Kenneth Clarke, as Secretary of State for Justice having the most recent position. We note that following the re-shuffle there has been no announcement about this post.
The Anti-Corruption APPG was established in November last year to raise awareness of the impact of international corruption and to work to enhance and strengthen UK anti-corruption policies and mechanisms including parliamentary scrutiny. The then Anti-Corruption Champion, Rt. Hon. Kenneth Clarke addressed the APPG at our inaugural meeting.
We believe that having an Anti-Corruption Champion helps the UK play an important role in shaping and furthering the anti-corruption agenda. It is for this reason that we contend that the position should continue, in order that there is strong leadership and cross-department coordination to fight corruption.
We strongly favour the position continuing at cabinet level, with a clear remit to initiate and oversee activity across Whitehall– both to tackle corruption at home and abroad. The role should be mandated to draft a cross-departmental anti-corruption strategy which is regularly reviewed and debated in Parliament, in order that key areas of corruption are addressed.
We look forward to your receiving your response and to the forthcoming announcement of a new Champion.
The letter can be found here.