British lawmakers accused of using parliamentary offices for a second job

A former British government minister may face an investigation after the opposition criticized him for using his parliamentary office for his second job as a lawyer.

The Times of London reports that Conservative lawmaker and former prosecutor Sir Geoffrey Cox will be launched by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the British Virgin Islands (BVI) in September using his office in the House of Commons. Corruption investigation.

In an online video of the British Virgin Islands Investigation Commission on September 14, you can hear Cox telling the commissioners:

The bell mentioned could be a split bell that rings throughout the Capitol to warn the MP that a vote is taking place.

The latest economic benefit registration has shown that Cox will earn over £ 800,000 ($ 1,080,000) from Wizards, an international law firm appointed by the BVI government in January.

Cox also disclosed in the register that Wizards will pay £ 400,000 a year for up to 41 hours of work per month from September 28 this year until further notice.

The main opposition Labor Party referred the case to Commons Standards Commissioner Kathryn Stone for a formal investigation.

Labor Deputy Leader Angela Rayner said Cox’s apparent use of the parliamentary office seems to be a “terrible, brave rule breach.”

“Conservative lawmakers working in tax havens facing allegations of corruption using parliamentary taxpayer-funded offices are slapping and insulting British taxpayers,” she said. Said.

“Members cannot use real estate for private financial gain and make it clear that if there is such a fierce conflict with the public interest, they must face substantive consequences. Must be. “

The Liberal Democratic Party called on Cox to “save time and effort in the investigation” and “clean up now.”

But Cox replied that he didn’t think he violated Congressional rules.

A statement from his office said parliamentarians “do not believe he violated the rules, but of course will accept parliamentarians or the Commission’s decision on this issue.”

Cox has also been criticized for voting from the British Virgin Islands earlier this year while working in the British Virgin Islands. However, his office said he had been granted permission by Chief Whipmark Spencer to take advantage of the proxy voting rules brought in during the blockade of COVID-19.

A spokesman for Prime Minister Boris Johnson refused to be drawn on individual cases, but Johnson said, “The main task of parliamentarians is to serve parliamentarians and represent their interests. I have to do that. “

A No. 10 spokesman said: If they aren’t doing it, they aren’t doing their job and their members will judge it correctly. “

PA contributed to this report.

Alexander Chan


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