Wednesday 21 July 2021 / 3:12 PM Thangam Debbonaire

Labour responds to Tory MPs’ breach of conduct in relation to Charlie Elphicke trial

Thangam Debbonaire MP, Labour’s Shadow Leader of the House of Commons, commenting on the House of Commons Standards Committee Report into five Tory MPs’ breach of the code of conduct by trying to influence a judge in the trial of former MP Charlie Elphicke, said:

“Whether it is trying to interfere in judicial matters or sexually harassing their staff, the House of Commons Commission report today into the conduct of a gang of Conservative MPs once again shows that the Government and their MPs think it is one rule for them and another for everyone else.

“This behaviour is corrosive and does nothing but undermine trust in Parliament and it must not be allowed to continue. This latest report into the conduct of some Conservative MP’s does nothing to change this. The Government has already this week refused to make time for Parliament to properly consider closing the recall loophole that is allowing a disgraced Conservative MP to avoid the electorate, Labour have put forward a workable solution to this and the Government must act before Summer Recess to begin to restore trust.”