A rather dramatic tale from the Commons Standards committee out today. Conor Burns, the international trade minister, resigned after the committee recommended he be suspended from Parliament for seven days for abusing Parliamentary rules and privilege to help his dad get paid money in a private financial dispute.
A second trade minister, Greg Hands, has been told to apologise to MPs for breaking rules by spending over £4800 on stamps and House of Commons stationery to send out a political newsletter to constituents who had petitioned him on local issues.
Read the full tale and see the reports on Byline Times here.
Pigs round the trough again! A care worker gets 1 lot of PPE that they have to wash and use again. I hope he licks the right side of the stamp!
This government was elected in 2019, one could say they have been unfortunate with a virus wrecking the economy. In fact our Prime-minster stated in Feburary 2020 ” , we are starting to hear some bizarre autarchic rhetoric, when barriers are going up, and when there is a risk that new diseases such as coronavirus will trigger a panic and a desire for market segregation that go beyond what is medically rational to the point of doing real and unnecessary economic damage- – supercharged champion, of the right of the populations of the earth to buy and sell freely among each other”.
Either the man his a fool or a liar or both so it does not surprise me that junior ministers seem confused about the rules (I be generous), if that is all the Tories can come up with as PM! Maybe they need to look at their candidates procedures and add some retired police officers who can spot the charlatans, the Del Boys, those with connections to the Russian Oligarchs Mafia types and the crooked before they ever get on a candidates list.