Independent adviser can't launch investigations into ministers—they should29 April 2021Yesterday the Prime Minister appointed Lord Geidt as Independent Adviser on Ministers’ Interests. While discussing the appointment this morning on the BBC’s Today programme vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi wrongly said the new adviser would be able to “proactively launch investigations”. Sir Alex had found Priti Patel had broken the ministerial code but the Prime Minister disagreed. It adds that the independent adviser can also raise issues of concern confidentially with the Prime Minister if they think it requires more investigation. The exchange on the Today programme about the remit of the new adviser was confusing and what the minister initially claimed, that the adviser could proactively launch investigations, was inaccurate.