The head of communications for U.K.’s prime minister, Theresa May, is stepping down from her roles in the private sector after several people questioned whether it was a conflict of interest for her to remain under their employ.
Katie Perrior officially resigned this week from her directorship at three PR firms—iNHouse PR, iNHouse Connex and Hersay Ltd.—months after taking the public sector job. Her resignations are backdated to July when Perrior took the Downing Street position.
Perrior said in a statement to The Guardian that her failure to resign from those companies had been an “administrative oversight.”
However, the publication reported that Perrior “has appeared at some of the agency’s official events” since taking the official post.
British Labor Party politician and Member of Parliment Melanie Onn was the first to raise the ethics concerns.
“It should not have taken my intervention for this potential conflict of interest to be identified,” Onn told reporters after Perrior resigned.