The government will make “every effort” to get standards rules for MPs “right”, Boris Johnson has said following the row over former Tory MP Owen Paterson.Government-backed plans to review the system after Mr Paterson was found to have broken lobbying rules were withdrawn following a fierce backlash.The PM’s remarks came ahead of a Commons debate where MPs are discussing how their conduct is investigated.Commons Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle warned the debate would be “painful”.
However, he said it was important for Parliament to “cleanse” adding: “What I don’t want is another dark week like last week. “The emergency debate began at 1600 GMT. It was granted by the Liberal Democrats, who requested an independent inquiry into the “Tory sleaze”. “It is important that we get this right… We are going to hold the MPs accountable. MPs should not violate the rules. He said that he hoped that Sir Lindsay would help to set up talks between the sides on improving the process. However, in a statement before the debate, Sir Lindsay noted that the Committee on Standards were nearing completion of their own report into this process and that “there may be some way to work with the committee to build on its efforts.” The Commons Standards Committee recommended the sanction following a report by Kathryn Stone, Parliament’s standards commissioner, which found that he had repeatedly violated Commons rules banning “paid advocacy”. The Commons Standards Committee recommended the sanction following a Kathryn Stone report that found Paterson had repeatedly violated Commons rules prohibiting “paid advocacy”. This rule bars MPs from lobbying companies. However, critics of the system point to the fact that there is no general ban against MPs working as consultants or advisors for firms looking to influence the lawmaking process.
Do Tory backbenchers publicly express the anger they feel after being forced to vote on Owen Paterson’s case, and to make changes to the rules before the government abandoned it? Will Owen Paterson supporters and critics of the parliamentary standard commissioner take this opportunity to attack her publicly? The prime minister will not take part, with Downing Street stating that he has a “long-standing commitment” to visit hospitals. Instead, Stephen Barclay, Cabinet Office Minister, will be sent out to the opposition-inspired debate. Anne-Marie Trevelyan, International Trade Secretary, said: “Personally, I think we should examine that. I am very comfortable with that. “I have no problem with it at all. She said that she personally believes it would be wise. She said that she was against a blanket ban on second jobs because Parliament would lose “hugely” if they were to ban MPs from taking paid roles like doctors or nurses. However, he said that he believed there would be cross-party agreement to ensure standards are strengthened. “Labour proposed that MPs be barred from taking second jobs. However, there were “limited exemptions” to keep professional registrations such as nursing.