Owen Paterson: Commons Leader Jacob Rees-Mogg admits ‘mistake’ in advising Prime Minister Owen Paterson in the midst of ongoing Westminster sleaze series | Politics news

Jacob Rees-Mogg has admitted that he made “a mistake” by advising Boris Johnson to defend Owen Paterson in the midst of the ongoing quarrel, saying that the former MP’s personal relationship “colored and clouded our judgment”.

Speaking of an episode of the Conservative Home’s podcast ‘The Moggcast’, the commons leader says he told prime minister to back one amendments calling for the establishment of a new standard committee to draw up plans for a new complaints system.

Addressing MEPs at lunchtime on Tuesday, Mr Rees-Mogg added: “It was simply the tragedy that struck Mr Patterson that colored and clouded our judgment – and my judgment – wrong. And it’s as simple and as sad as that. “

Owen Paterson resigned as MP earlier this month, saying the situation had become too much for his family

Former Prime Minister Theresa May criticized the government’s attempt to tear up the rules to help a colleague.

“The attempt by right-wing and honorable members of this House, aided and supported by the government under the guise of reforming the process – effectively to clear his name – was misplaced, poorly judged and simply wrong,” Mrs May told the commons. .

Mrs May said that “there has been damage to all Members of Parliament and Parliament as a whole”, adding: “It would be a mistake to think that because someone broke the rules, the rules were wrong.”

The debate comes as the government continues to implement its u-turn over Owen Paterson through a new proposal in the joint section, which members of parliament will later vote on.

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Earlier this month, Conservative MPs were given a three-line whip to support the amendment, tabled by former Minister Andrea Leadsom.

It called for Tory’s ex-minister, Mr Paterson, to be rescued from a 30-day suspension from the House of Commons, and for a new Conservative-dominated committee to be reconsidered in Parliament’s disciplinary proceedings.

But only 250 MPs supported the proposal, and opposition MPs promised to boycott the committee before Rees-Mogg announced a U-turn, and said that any reform of the standard system would require cross-party support.

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MEPs also chose not to support the cross-party standard committee’s call for a six-week parliamentary exclusion for Mr Paterson to break the lobbying rules, but hours later he resigned as a Member of Parliament said the situation had become too much for his family.

Despite Mr Paterson’s resignation as Member of Parliament for North Shropshire, Members on Tuesday are expected to support the finding that he broke ordinary rules by repeatedly lobbying ministers and officials on behalf of two firms for which he worked as a paid consultant.

At the time of the U-turn, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Steve Barclay admitted at the mailbox instead of the Prime Minister that the government “made a mistake”.

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Boris Johnson has declined to apologize for his handling of the Owen Paterson lobbying scandal.

And by introducing the new proposal in the common areas on Tuesday, Mr Rees-Mogg said: “The underlying amendment we supported was intended to facilitate exploration across batches of the standard system with a time-limited, ad hoc committee.

“I regret, however, that the amendment mixed a single case with more general concerns. It was a mistake.

“It is crucial that the amendment does not have cross – party support and that is why we have changed our approach.”

In a speech in the podcast episode, the Commons leader adds: “I have to take my share of the responsibility for this.

“I thought it was the right thing to do. I urged the Prime Minister to go this route and I was wrong. I made a mistake.

“The question is why I made this mistake, which in hindsight seems to be a really obvious mistake to have made.

“It’s because there was a confusion between elements of the process that were difficult – the time it took when it was one of them – and the personal and the personal was overwhelming Rose’s death. [Paterson].

“I felt that Owen had been punished enough by the death of his wife and therefore let this confusion take place in my mind.

“And it was clearly a mistake. It was not perceived by the electorate as being merciful, it was seen as being self-governing, and it has been neither helpful to the government nor to parliament.”

Shadow commons leader Thangam Debbonaire called on Mr Rees-Mogg to apologize to MPs for the damage to parliament on the basis of government action, adding: “Standards matter. Investigation matters. An independent system to keep everyone in public life to liability. “

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Owen Paterson resigns as Member of Parliament

At the time of the government’s reversal, some Tory MPs said Mr Barclay’s words did not go far enough, and former chief whip Mark Harper called on Mr Johnson to make a formal apology.

While the Prime Minister has refused to apologize for the situation, he has said that it is “very important” to get the standard system in order.

At a Downing Street news conference Sunday, Mr Johnson acknowledged he could have handled the situation better.

“Of course I think things could definitely have been handled better, let me put it this way by me,” he said.

But when he spoke to reporters during a visit to a medical center in Forest Gate in east London on Monday, the prime minister refused to be drawn into the ongoing dispute over MPs’ standards.

As for the lack of an apology in the podcast section, Mr Rees-Mogg says that “the issue of an apology is always about sincerity”.

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The commons will on Tuesday debate a new proposal for the implementation of the government’s complete overhaul

The government had quietly tried to approve the Commons Standards Watchdogs report on Mr Paterson’s “cruel” breach of lobbying rules on Monday night.

But this proved to be a failure after Conservative veteran Sir Christopher Chope objected to the move.

The MP for Christchurch has previously used the movement to block other commons proposals and defend his actions by saying that measures should be discussed instead of just going through without resistance.

Opposition MPs described the scenes in the commons on Monday night as a “total farce”.

In a speech in the Commons on Tuesday, Sir Christopher said he “does not regret” delaying the Westminster sleaze debate the day before.

Meanwhile, all the former living cabinet secretaries have signed a letter to the Prime Minister urging him to strengthen the role of the Independent Adviser on Ministers’ Interests and the Commissioner for Public Appointments.

The signatories, including Lord Sedwill – who left office only last year – say “we need everyone in positions of trust to set an example”.

Their letter adds that the Ministerial Act “must be strictly enforced”.

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