Tony McNulty resigned from the government when he came under investigation by the Parliamentary Standards Commissioner over £60,000 claimed on a second home, where his parents live.
Yesterday the PM’s spokesman, Michael Ellam, was asked whether the Prime Minister thought it was premature and unwise to bring Shahid Malik back into Government so quickly. He was also asked why it was right for Shahid Malik to step down while Sir Philip Mawer held an inquiry, but not while John Lyon held one? Ellam gave some waffle which didn’t really make sense.
McNulty admitted in his letter of resignation that “It has been immensely difficult for me to give full attention to my job as Minister for London and for Employment and Welfare Reform with this issue hanging over my head.” Malik on the other hand wants us to believe he can give his ministerial duties his full attention despite being under investigation for corruption.
Why is he different from McNulty? Why is John Lyon’s investigation less important than Sir Philip Mawer’s investigation – which had less damning evidence to consider?