An answer from John Thurso to Michael Fabricant’s written parliamentary question has been made.
Fabricant asked whether the selection panel had been aware of the Australian Senate’s investigations into Carol Mills, and if so, at what stage they had been informed.
Thurso replied: “the panel was not made aware of the investigations before reaching its conclusion.”
Saxton Bampfylde, the head hunters knew. The Speaker must have known. The selection panel did not.
The Speaker, determined for reasons unknown to place Carol Mills in the job, must have withheld the most salient piece of information. All the evidence suggests he prevailed on the panel not to ask Saxton Bampfylde into the room in order that they should not find out about the Inquiries.
The panel has been carrying the can for John Bercow’s machinations.
They are starting to decide they needn’t carry it indefinitely.