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Lord Myners questions Mary Portas's appointment as government adviser

Former City Minister Lord Myners is understood to have questioned what has been done to identify potential conflicts of interest related to Mary Portas’s appointment by David Cameron to lead a review in to the future of the high street.

Lord Myners is thought to have tabled a parliamentary question on the subject. Portas runs PR firm Yellow Door, which has links to retailers including Clarks, Oasis and House of Fraser as well as property firm Westfield.

She has also helped charity shops to improve their image and performance as part of her TV show. Charity shops are often given preferential business rates and rents to fill voids on the high street.

Lord Myners said: “Parliament needs to be alerted to any suggestion that a review might be compromised by any conflicts of interest, actual or perceived, that the review might have.”

It is thought that Lord Myners is demanding Portas drops her commercial relationships while she is working on behalf of the government, and not to take up new appointments for two years in line with rules followed by government ministers.

Lord Myners has pursued issues of conflict since joining the House of Lords. He tabled a question asking about the independence and outcomes of an efficiency review led by Arcadia boss Sir Philip Green.

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