Britain cancels plans to review parliamentary disciplinary action in response to backlash

The British government has overturned plans to review MP’s disciplinary action after being derailed by a fierce interparty boycott.

House of Commons leader Jacob Rees-Mogg made “cross-party” changes to the system on Thursday after refusing to join a Tories-led committee commissioned by Labor and other opposition parties. Said to ask.

But Labor leader Sir Kiel Starmer rejected the proposal, saying his party had “nothing to do with it.”

The Conservative government voted Wednesday to prevent the immediate suspension of Tory lawmaker Owen Paterson recommended by the Cross-Party Standards Committee, and a new special member to consider Patterson’s case and the current standards system. Established a society. The proposed committee was to consist of one Conservative chairman, four Conservatives, three Labors, and one SNP.

However, the plan quickly fell into turmoil after opposition refused to participate and accused the Tory government of “corruption.”

Reesemog told parliamentarians Thursday that the government would revisit plans to tinker with the standard system.

Voting from Wednesday hinted at the “necessity of an appeal process” in the parliamentary standards process, but a “unsupported by other parties” special committee would not be an effective way to change the system, conservative I told the MP Congress.

He also acknowledged that there is a “strong feeling” that system overhauls should be separated from Patterson’s case and that system changes should not be applied retroactively.

“I’m worried that last night’s discussion might have confused individual cases with general concerns. We need to break this link,” he said.

“Therefore, I and others are aiming to work on a cross-party basis to achieve system improvements for future cases,” he said, in more detail after the cross-party discussion. I added that a proposal would be submitted.

10 Downing Street also understood that Prime Minister Boris Johnson changed his approach when it became clear that it was “impossible” and that “it was correct to change his approach and separate the two.” I have confirmed that. problem. “

However, Starmer rejected the claim that the MP did not have the right to appeal the findings of the Standards Report, saying it was “totally wrong” as “there is an appeal to the Standards Commission.”

When asked about Reesemog’s proposal for cross-party negotiations, Starmer told Radio 2’s “Jeremy Vine” show, “No, it has nothing to do with this proposal.”

The recommendation to suspend Patterson for 30 days came from a report by the Catherine Stone Standards Parliamentary Commission, which was approved by a cross-party standards committee.

The Commission has found that Patterson has repeatedly lobbied the ministers and officials of the two companies to pay more than £ 100,000 ($ 134,800) annually. Patterson’s conduct was considered a “terrible” breach of the paid advocacy rules.

However, Tory lawmakers, who were angry and denied the findings against him, said the investigation process was unfair and the 17 witnesses who came out earlier to assist him were ignored. He also said the investigation played a major role in his wife’s decision to kill herself last year.

He also said that the person responsible for the recommendation “everyone has to go” and “they did not do a good job and came up with a rotten report full of inaccuracies.”

In a statement Thursday afternoon, Patterson announced that he would resign as a member of North Shropshire, claiming he was “totally innocent,” but he “remains a civil servant but cruel politics. I’m outside the world of. “

PA contributed to this report.

Lily Chow


Lily Zhou is a freelance writer who mainly covers the British news of The Epoch Times.