The Bourn ultimatum: Auditor General quits
A week before he was due to appear before a parliamentary inquiry into his expenses, Sir John Bourn has resigned from his post as Comptroller and Auditor General (C&AG). Over the last three years, Sir John, has notched up £335,000 on travel expenses and a further £27,000 in restaurant bills. Yet he insists his decision to stand down has nothing to do with his alleged misconduct. Rob Lewis reports.
Instead, the NAO chief said that a conflict of interest had prompted his retirement (Sir John is 73).