FLASHBACK: Parliamentary Standards Flaws Let Mercer Off

Readers will remember how last year Guido revealed another Patrick Mercer mystery. As Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Security, he received almost £10,000 from private security firm Clearwater, sponsoring their MD Kevin Horak’s parliamentary pass for his troubles. Mercer insisted there was nothing to see here, despite being reported to the Parliamentary Standards commissioner. Who did nothing.

Labour MP Thomas Docherty, who reported Mercer at the time, tells Guido:

“The Mercer scandal shows the need to reform what happens when legitimate complaints are made to the Standards Commissioner. It should not be for the member of the public to know the rule book and identify the specific breach. The commissioner should act in the same way as the police and be prepared to investigate potential wrongdoing of parliamentary activities at face value.”

Today was a scandal too far…

Tip offs: 0709 284 0531

Quote of the Day

Dominic Raab wrote in his letter of resignation…

“This is, at its heart, a matter of public trust,” he told the PM, concluding: “I cannot reconcile the terms of the proposed deal with the promises we made to the country in our manifesto at the last election… I believe that the regulatory regime proposed for Northern Ireland presents a very real threat to the integrity of the United Kingdom. I cannot support an indefinite backstop arrangement, where the EU holds a veto over our ability to exit…”


Guidogram: Sign up

Subscribe to the most succinct 7 days a week daily email read by thousands of Westminster insiders.