Villiers Judgement Must Not Be Buried Over Christmas Break

Readers will remember Guido breaking the blue on blue attack by Anne Main on Theresa Villiers in September. Main wrote to Jeremy Heywood asking him to investigate whether Villiers broke the ministerial code over a dodgy lobbyist lunch when she was at Transport. Main claimed “Villiers may have put her personal relationship with Mr Hoare [the lobbyist in question] ahead of her ministerial duty”. A serious allegation.

The issue was raised twice at PMQs today. Cameron has just confirmed that he has seen Heywood’s response and “I’m confident that it will be sent in the next few days”. If a judgement has been made it should be released immediately rather than buried over the Christmas break…

UPDATE: Labour’s Michael Dugher has written to the PM urging him to publish Heywood’s response. He says “It would be unacceptable if such an important matter as the integrity of Ministerial behaviour was met with political manoeuvrings.”




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