Every MP who supports a watering down of the parliamentary standards requires closer scrutiny.
WHY? Because it seems likely that each and every one of them has either broken those rules or would like to!
#OwenPaterson #ThickAsThieves
#cashforquestions #expensesscandal
In the case of Owen Paterson, "No previous case of paid advocacy has seen so many breaches or such a clear pattern of behaviour in failing to separate private and public interests”.
#OwenPaterson #ThickAsThieves
#cashforquestions #expensesscandal
Let's look more closely at those MPs supporting a watering down of parliamentary standards on expenses, payments, and paid lobbying, in case they, like Owen Paterson, have misused public office for personal gain.
#OwenPaterson #ThickAsThieves
#cashforquestions #expensesscandal
"Of the 59 Tory MPs whose names are on the amendment ... six have had allegations against them upheld by the standards commissioner since last year": "They are Mark Francois, Karl McCartney, Iain Duncan Smith, Crispin Blunt, Bob Neill and Richard Drax."
Jan 2021
Mark Francois, MP #Rayleigh & #Wickford, chair of #ERG, #BrexitSpartan, & renowned #WALT*, used Parliamentary stationery & resources, whilst representing #EuropeanResearchGroup, breaching para16 of HoC Code of Conduct.
*6 yrs p/t @ArmyTerritorial ImageImageImageImage
Oct 2021
Karl McCartney, @Conservatives MP for #Lincoln broke parliamentary rules 3 times, sleaze watchdog rules after Insider investigation
#OwenPaterson #ThickAsThieves
#cashforquestions #expensesscandal
Crispin Blunt, MP for #Reigate
Breaching #APPG rules on maintaining transparency
parliament.uk/globalassets/d… Image
Sep 2020
Sir Bob Neill, MP for #Bromley & #Chislehurst breached MPs code of conduct after he backed a luxury hotel development, secured by a firm he chairs.
#OwenPaterson #ThickAsThieves
#cashforquestions #expensesscandal
Nearly 1/4 - 14 of 59 - @Conservatives MPs who back amendment, have been rapped by parliamentary watchdogs. Whittingdale, proposed by amendment to lead committee, was found in breach 2016.
#OwenPaterson #ThickAsThieves
#cashforquestions #expensesscandal

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