Owen Paterson: Government U-turn over MPs’ conduct plan
Politics / Thu 4th Nov 2021 at 12:20pm
THE government has u-turned on its plans to overhaul the policing of MPs’ conduct after a furious backlash.
On Wednesday, No 10 backed a shake-up of the standards watchdog and blocked the suspension of one of its own former ministers, Owen Paterson.
It sparked an angry reaction from Labour and some Tory MPs, who feared it would look like corruption to voters.
MPs are now likely to vote again on whether Mr Paterson should be excluded from Parliament for 30 days.
On Wednesday, the government ordered its members to vote for an amendment to halt Mr Paterson’s case and to rejig the standards system.
Harlow MP Robert Halfon was among 250 Conservative MPs who voted for amendment.
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Too many greedy bar stewards in this world
Robert Halfon should be incredibly ashamed. Our MP tried to assist the government in open and clear corruption. He’ll probably say he was told to by the Tory whips, but he could have had some guts and abstained. He owes us an apology & an explanation at the very least.