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Angela Rayner has challenged Simon Case, the cabinet secretary, over his role in the Prime Minister’s alleged attempts to secure high-paying jobs for his now wife, Carrie Johnson.

The deputy leader of the Labor Party has written to Case, a former private secretary to Prince William, asking if he had played a personal role in trying to find Carrie Johnson a job at the prince’s charity, the Royal Foundation , as reported this week.

In his letter, seen by the Guardian, Rayner poses a series of questions to Case, including: “Has the Prime Minister asked, asked or asked you to discuss Carrie Johnson’s employment at the Royal Foundation? and “Are you going to go to the Standards Commissioner for violation of the Public Service Code of Conduct?”

She adds: ‘It is clearly inappropriate for the Prime Minister to be judge and jury in his own case, so I ask you to confirm that this matter will be independently investigated and fully investigated.’ .

Case was selected as cabinet secretary by Johnson. He infuriated some more junior colleagues by escaping a penalty for anti-lockdown parties, although he had to recuse himself from investigating them when it emerged a gathering had taken place in his office.

Rayner has also written separately to Lord Evans, chairman of the Standards in Public Life Committee, urging him to investigate both this claim about royal work, and reports, confirmed to The Guardian, that Johnson attempted to employ his mistress at the time in a leading role at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in 2018.

Evans’ committee oversees the standards system as a whole and does not usually investigate individual cases – but Rayner points out that after the Prime Minister’s ethics adviser Lord Geidt resigned last week, it is unclear who else would.

“In the absence of an ethics counsellor, and given that it would be inappropriate for the Prime Minister to serve as judge and jury in his own case, I ask you to open an independent investigation into this matter,” she wrote. .

Evans, a former head of MI5, recently warned that Johnson risks undermining public confidence in the ethics of public life. Without an overhaul of the system, including strengthening the role Geidt was playing, he said, “suspicions about how the ministerial code is administered will persist.” Geidt later resigned, saying he had been placed in an “impossible and abhorrent” position.

Since stepping down, Geidt has said the Prime Minister’s apparent effort to hire Carrie Johnson into a taxpayer-funded post four years ago “may be ripe for investigation”.

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Downing Street has suggested not hiring a direct successor to Geidt, hinting he may instead hand the job over to a panel or committee.

In the House of Commons on Wednesday, Johnson substantially dismissed the question of whether he had tried to get Carrie Johnson appointed to a leadership position while he was foreign secretary. At the time, he was still married to his second wife, Marina Wheeler.

Labor MP Chris Elmore asked him: “Has he ever considered appointing his current wife to a government post or any organization in the workings of the Royal Households? Be honest, Prime Minister, yes or no?

Johnson replied, “I know why the party opposite wants to talk about jobs that don’t exist…Because they don’t want to talk about what’s going on in the real world.” He then talked about employment statistics.

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