Posted by Michael Lynch on November 4, 2021, 19:52:44
The Government is being rocked by a huge backlash. Itís because its MPs voted to rip up anti-sleaze rules to protect their colleague, former minister Owen Paterson, after he was found guilty of breaching lobbying rules.
A quarter of the Conservative MPs who originally backed the relevant amendment had themselves been found to have broken parliamentary standards rules. And, of course, the new committee they wanted set up to ďreviewĒ the way sleaze is policed was to be chaired by John Whittingdale, who was himself censured for failing to declare that he took his girlfriend along on a paid junket to Amsterdam.
But now the government is wobbling. It has suddenly said that it wonít go ahead with these plans without cross-party support. Thatís where we come in! Letís show it that we, the public, see what itís doing and wonít stand for sleaze rules being watered down.
Could you please email your MP now and tell them that you oppose any attempt to weaken parliamentary standards?