Compendium of Cabinet Codebreakers

Over the past few years, the list of abuses of power by the Johnson government has become clear. Ministers have given away lucrative contracts to friends and donors, repeatedly broken the code that is meant to govern them, and transgressed the law on several occasions.

This compendium should be a resource to track their misconduct. Click the links below to find the relevant minister, or scroll down to read them all. If you want the full details of their actions, click the link in their profile to go to a separate page with it all laid out.

This compendium is a start, but we’ll keep on building on it. If you have any suggestions of what we could add, email us at editor@yorkshirebylines.co.uk with your suggestion and a source for evidence to support it.

44: Potential breaches of the ministerial code by cabinet members

£1,449,714,000: Total amount of public money wasted by serving government ministers.

14: Number of times that current ministers have broken the law while in public office.




Robert Buckland

Secretary of State for Justice

To our knowledge, Robert Buckland has not broken the ministerial code or the law, or wasted any public money as minister.


Thérèse Coffey

Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

To our knowledge, Thérèse Coffey has not broken the ministerial code or the law, or wasted any public money as minister.


Oliver Dowden

Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media, and Sports

  • Has misspent £2m of public money as minister.

See Oliver Dowden’s full entry in the CCC here.


George Eustice

Secretary of State for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs

To our knowledge, George Eustice has not broken the ministerial code or the law, or wasted any public money as minister.


Baroness Evans

Leader of the House of Lords

To our knowledge, Baroness Evans has not broken the ministerial code or the law, or wasted any public money as minister.


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Lord Frost

Minister of State at the Cabinet Office

To our knowledge, Lord Frost has not broken the ministerial code or the law, or wasted any public money as minister.


Michael Gove

Michael Gove

Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster

  • Has breached the ministerial code three times.
  • Has misspent £100,580,000 of public money as minister.
  • Has broken the law as minister one time.

See Michael Gove’s full entry in the CCC here.



Simon Hart

Secretary of State for Wales

To our knowledge, Simon Hart has not broken the ministerial code or the law, or wasted any public money as minister.


Alister Jack

Secretary of State for Scotland

  • Has breached the ministerial code one time.

See Alister Jack’s full entry in the CCC here.


Sajid Javid

Secretary of State for Health and Social Care

  • Has broken the law as minister two times.

See Sajid Javid’s full entry in the CCC here.


Robert Jenrick

Robert Jenrick

Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

  • Has breached the ministerial code two times.
  • Has misspent £40m of public money as minister.
  • Has broken the law two times.

See Robert Jenrick’s full entry in the CCC here.


Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson

Prime Minister

  • Has breached the ministerial code 19 times.
  • Has misspent £205,304,000 of public money as minister.
  • Has broken the law as minister two times.

See Boris Johnson’s full entry in the CCC here.


Kwasi Kwarteng

Secretary of State for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy

To our knowledge, Kwasi Kwarteng has not broken the ministerial code or the law, or wasted any public money as minister.


Brandon Lewis

Secretary of State for Northern Ireland

To our knowledge, Brandon Lewis has not broken the ministerial code or the law, or wasted any public money as minister.


Amanda Milling

Conservative Party Chair

To our knowledge, Amanda Milling has not broken the ministerial code or the law, or wasted any public money as minister.


Priti Patel

Priti Patel

Home Secretary

  • Has breached the ministerial code six times.
  • Has misspent £370,000 of public money as minister.
  • Has broken the law as minister two times.

See Priti Patel’s full entry in the CCC here.


Dominic Raab

Dominic Raab

Foreign Secretary

  • Has breached the ministerial code one time.

See Dominic Raab’s full entry in the CCC here.


Grant Shapps

Grant Shapps

Secretary of State for Transport

  • Has breached the ministerial code three times.
  • Has broken the law one time.

View Grant Shapps’s full entry in the CCC here.


Alok Sharma

COP 26 President

To our knowledge, Alok Sharma has not broken the ministerial code or the law, or wasted any public money as minister.


Rishi Sunak

Chancellor of the Exchequer

  • Has breached the ministerial code two times.
  • Has misspent £849m of public money as minister.

See Rishi Sunak’s full entry in the CCC here.


Liz Truss

Secretary of State for International Trade, Minister for Equalities

  • Has breached the ministerial code one time.
  • Has misspent £252m of public money as minister.
  • Has broken the law as minister three times.

See Liz Truss’s full entry in the CCC here.


Ben Wallace

Secretary of State for Defence

To our knowledge, Ben Wallace has not broken the ministerial code or the law, or wasted any public money as minister.


Gavin Williamson

Gavin Williamson

Secretary of State for Education

  • Has breached the ministerial code three times.
  • Has misspent £46,000 of public money as minister.
  • Has broken the law as minister one time.

See Gavin Williamson’s full entry in the CCC here.


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Nadhim Zahawi

Under-Secretary of State for Covid-19 Vaccine Deployment

  • Has breached the ministerial code one time.

See Nadhim Zahawi’s full entry in the CCC here.


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Paul Scully

Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Small Business, Consumers and Labour Markets

  • Has breached the ministerial code one time

See Paul Scully’s full entry in the CCC here


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