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Deputy Speaker and Welsh Tory MP face Commons watchdog probe

16 Nov 2023 2 minute read
Virginia Crosbie speaking in the House of Commons

The Deputy Speaker and a Tory MP are under investigation by the Commons standards watchdog.

Commons’ Standards Commissioner Daniel Greenberg is looking into allegations that Dame Eleanor Laing and Virginia Crosbie, MP for Ynys Mon, may have broken rules for MPs.

The allegations relate to “actions causing significant damage to the reputation of the House as a whole, or of its Members generally”.

The Commissioner has not released any further details regarding the probe.

The pair previously faced questions about a gathering in Parliament on December 8 2020.

‘Monstrous hypocrisy’

The gathering, said to have been arranged by Dame Eleanor, was cited by Boris Johnson in a statement accusing Tory MP Sir Bernard Jenkin of “monstrous hypocrisy” for allegedly attending the event before sitting on the cross-party panel which found the former prime minister had lied to MPs with his partygate denials.

A spokesperson for the Commons Speaker’s Office said that Dame Eleanor did not receive a fixed penalty notice from police regarding that event.

They declined to comment on the commissioner’s investigation.

Ms Crosbie also said that she did not receive a penalty from the Met over the event and promised to “cooperate fully” with the probe.

She apologised earlier this year for attending an event in Parliament while Covid restrictions were still in place.

She said: “I will, of course, co-operate fully with this investigation.

“However, I would like to confirm I was contacted by the Metropolitan Police in October.

“It told me that following an investigation I would not receive a Fixed Penalty Notice in relation to allegations that Covid regulations were breached at an event I attended on 8th December 2020.”

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Dai Ponty
Dai Ponty
8 months ago

Well they are members of a Party of Scum called Tories and they all think they are above the law

8 months ago

All being well Mrs Crosbie will be collecting her P45 at the next General Election

8 months ago

Funny how the met had to be led kicking and screaming back to this issue then 120+ fines at No10 and quite a few that appear to be missing cos high profile people (new queen and all that?). The covid inquiry has shown what No10 really thought of the measures and top down incompetence is a must to get anywhere in that Tory party, wonder how many more have breathed sigh of relief a while back and now have to look at writing that apology. Meaning they know what they did.

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