Boris says “MPs who break the rules must be punished” in the midst of the “Tory sleaze” scandal

Boris Johnson spoke at a press conference in Glasgow tonight

Boris Johnson spoke at a press conference in Glasgow tonight (Photo: PA / Reuters)

The Prime Minister has defended MPs who have other jobs as they bring ‘experience’ with them, but said they ‘obviously’ will face sanctions if they do not follow the rules for them.

At a press conference tonight, Boris Johnson said MPs who had broken rules of conduct ‘should be punished’.

But he declined a chance to apologize for asking his MPs to vote to change the rules of police officer behavior, which would block the suspension of former Secretary of State Owen Paterson.

Following a backlash, the government then reversed the plan to revise the Commons Standards Committee.

During a press briefing at the UN Cop26 climate summit in Glasgow, he said: ‘On the issue of MPs and other jobs and all that, I just want to say that the most important thing is that those who break the rules should be investigated. and should be punished. ‘

It comes amid the investigation of Tory MP Sir Geoffrey Cox, who could face a formal inquiry after he was accused of using his taxpayer-funded Commons office to carry out his lucrative business representing the British Virgin Islands.

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Johnson said: ‘In terms of MPs and other jobs and all that: I just want to say that the most important thing is that those who break the rules should be investigated and should be punished.

“And at another job I would say that MPs for hundreds of years have gone to Parliament and also worked as doctors or lawyers or soldiers or firefighters or writers or all sorts of other professions and vocations.”

He added: ‘On the whole, the world and the British people have understood that it has actually strengthened our democracy because people basically feel that parliamentarians need to have some experience with the world.

“But if that system is to continue today, then it is crucial that MPs follow the rules. And the rules say two crucial things: You must put your job as a Member of Parliament first, and you must dedicate yourself first and foremost to your constituents and the people who send you to Westminster, to Parliament.

‘And they also say you should not use your position as a Member of Parliament to lobby or otherwise intervene on behalf of external commercial interests. Not only do you have to register these interests, you can not lobby or make statements while you are a Member of Parliament on behalf of these interests.

‘And those are the rules, and they must be enforced, and those who do not obey them must, of course, face sanctions.’

Regarding the U-turn on the standard committee, he said: ‘What we were trying to do, and I think MPs across the Commons are still interested in, is to see if a cross-party agreement can be reached on our reform. of the process and I know that the parliamentary parliamentary committee is looking at whether they can reform too.

‘Chris Brown’s committee is also, I think, looking at the possibility of reforms. And the two things must obviously be kept completely separate. “

Cabinet Minister Sajid Javid admitted he felt ‘sorry’ for supporting last week’s proposal to change the system because it mixed Mr Paterson’s individual case with the government’s push for appeal reforms.

Paterson quit after the scandal, and a by-election to choose his successor has been confirmed on December 16.

Vice Labor leader Angela Rayner has accused the Prime Minister of failing to get his ‘house in order’ following recent allegations against former Justice Minister Sir Geoffrey Cox.

Speaking to broadcasters, she said: ‘I wrote to the Independent Commissioner today because we are once again seeing Conservative MPs breaking the rules to earn hundreds of thousands of pounds for themselves and seeing being a Member of Parliament as a leg up to ensure that they can manage their own personal gain.

‘This is not acceptable. We are here to represent our constituents, not to represent ourselves, and it stinks of scorn and corruption.

“Boris Johnson can not get his house in order. This is very clear to me and very frustrating.

‘I’ve written to the Commissioner about Boris Johnson and you know what they’re saying – a fish is rotting from head to toe so you can see that’s what’s going on with the Conservatives at the moment.

‘They really do not represent the British people, they represent themselves and make a huge amount of money on the back of it.’

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