Labour is proposing a change in the rules that, if approved, could see Delyn MP Rob Roberts facing a recall petition and possible by-election.
If approved, Labour's proposal to end a so-called legal loophole could apply retrospectively to Mr Roberts.
Currently, automatic recall petitions on whether the MP should face a by-election are only triggered by cases looked at by the House of Commons Standards Committee, and where an MP is suspended for more than ten sitting days.
However, complaints for bullying, harassment and sexual misconduct are investigated by the separate panel, and a petition is not triggered even if a similar suspension results.
An MP suspended from Parliament after sexually harassing a member of his staff has returned to the Commons despite calls to stay away.
Rob Roberts has had his party whip suspended, meaning he returns as an independent MP, but is still a Conservative Party member - which the party has said is "under review".
Mr Roberts suspension came after an independent panel investigated sexual harassment complaints by a former employee, which found he had committed a "serious and persistent breach of the sexual misconduct policy".
Now, a female former parliamentary intern, who Mr Roberts repeatedly propositioned in a series of text messages in April 2020, has said she would make a complaint to Parliament's ICGS if he remains in Parliament following his suspension.
That could trigger a further investigation if her complaint was upheld.
She said: "It honestly disgusts a lot of us that he has the audacity to remain in his position.
"It also makes us all feel unsafe that in six weeks he can come back and still be on the parliamentary estate.
"I don't work in Parliament anymore, but I still work in politics and it is difficult for me to do my job sometimes, because he still pops up on my radar."
She said she had concerns about making a complaint: "The one thing I am afraid of is when I do file it with the ICGS that it will just be the same repeat suspension, that loophole that he can't be recalled because it's not the standards committee doing it."
Post by LetchworthShrew on Jul 16, 2021 12:44:55 GMT 1
Ennui: (noun) a feeling of utter weariness and discontent resulting from satiety or lack of interest; boredom: -- “Never argue with an idiot. They will drag you down to their level and beat you with experience.” ― Mark Twain
Originally, the Cabinet Office paid for the £58,000 revamp last July, then millionaire Tory peer Lord Brownlow was secretly asked to cover the cost before the Prime Minister settled the bill himself. But Cabinet Office accounts published yesterday show that in March this year, just after this newspaper exposed the ‘Wallpapergate’ scandal, the entire money chain was reversed.
First, eco-friendly interior designer Lulu Lytle paid her fees back to the Cabinet Office, which then passed the money back to the Conservative Party, and finally Mr Johnson repaid her directly.
‘Additional invoices for the refurbishment work undertaken on the No 11 Downing Street residence were received and paid for by the Cabinet Office and subsequently recharged to the Conservative Party in July 2020,’ says the report in a footnote buried on page 209.
‘In March 2021, the supplier refunded the Cabinet Office, and the Cabinet Office refunded the Conservative Party, with all final costs of wider refurbishment met by the Prime Minister personally.’
Details of the funding emerged in a footnote on page 209 of the 282-page Cabinet Office annual report and accounts.
And this is another example of questionable arrangements for payment made by Johnson. Everything here hinges on an alleged 'informal arrangement' made between Ross and the Mustique Company.
“We conclude that Mr Ross was the donor of Mr Johnson's holiday accommodation, through an informal arrangement with the Mustique company, whereby the Mustique company paid the Richardsons for Mr Johnson's stay and Mr Ross would provide his villa, to the Mustique company for free in recompense,” the report of the Parliamentary Standards Commitee said.
Yeah, sure. We now await the Report of the City of London on Johnson allegedly bankrolling Arcuri with taxpayers' money.
Post by staffordshrew on Jul 16, 2021 21:22:30 GMT 1
Perhaps there are one or two with decent intentions....
Stoke Tory MP Jo Gideon met with Stacie-Marie Nicklin, the mum of Harper-Lee, and is to raise the safety of button batteries in parliament. When it became clear that fighting for legislation in Harper-Lee's memory was at odds with a role in the very department she would need to lobby, she decided to resign the position in order to champion the cause.
Here's a link to the Nolan Principles which the Committee is supposed to uphold and promote. Will be interesting to see how Boris' pal holds him to account on some of these. "Honesty's" an interesting one in particular 🤔
Labour MP David Lammy slated Facebook for vile racial abuse then three weeks later earned £2,870 from the social media giant for speaking at an event.
The Shadow Secretary of State for Justice, 49, railed against the Mark Zuckerburg-owned company in a weekend boycott of all platforms in April.
And on Friday he endorsed online an article claiming the government had been hypocritical about racism and needed to tackle social media harder.
But he was today accused of 'lacking credibility' after a MailOnline audit of MPs register of members interests showed he was being paid by Facebook.
It showed Mr Lammy received £2,870 from the company for speaking at an event on May 22.
Today both his local constituency and Parliament offices refused to explain exactly what the speech entailed. Mr Lammy asked for the enquiry to be texted to him when he spoke briefly on the phone but has not replied.
There was also no trace of any mention of it on Mr Lammy's own social media platforms, where he is a prolific poster.
Do you two want your own sub-board where you can post endless anti-Tory news article
Personally I would stick with a wider airing of the stuff that's going on, much of it that the Rees-Moggs and decent backbenchers appear to disapprove of. This way it has a thread of it's own that people like Martinshrew can blissfully ignore. After all, what does sleaze matter to the modern Conservative party?
The widow of a former top civil servant who was heavily criticised in the UK government’s inquiry into the Greensill affair has described the process as a “travesty” set up to scapegoat her husband and “distract attention” from events after his death.
Boris Johnson has already been accused of orchestrating a cover-up over the lobbying scandal after an official review mildly rebuked the former prime minister David Cameron.