MPs have voted to overturn a recommended 30-day suspension for Conservative MP Owen Paterson. Paterson was facing the ban after an “egregious” breach of lobbying rules, said the parliamentary standards committee. Mr Paterson denies any wrongdoing.
MPs have voted to overhaul their own disciplinary procedures, and prevent the immediate suspension of Conservative Owen Paterson for breaking lobbying rules. The result of the vote was met with cries of “shame” from opposition MPs.
Some Tory MPs who support reforming the standards committee, and voted in favour of Leadsom’s amendment, told PoliticsHome that privately they were nonetheless unsure about the vote’s timing.
What people are saying?
Matthew Pennycook MP I voted against the Leadsom amendment and the amended Committee on Standards motion this afternoon. It would appear the pass-readers did not register my second vote. The Public Bill Office have now corrected the record.
David Lammy The Tories have shown what a corrupt, morally bankrupt shower they are. Their arrogant disregard for basic standards in public life is polluting our democracy.