On 3rd November, Conservative MPs voted to change the rules of parliamentary standards because one of their own MPs was found guilty of breaking them.

Conservative MP Owen Patterson’s suggested punishment of a 30-day suspension was rejected by Conservative MPs who were whipped by the government to vote against the suspension. They also passed an amendment that would change the rules of how MPs are disciplined.

Among those voting to excuse Tory corruption included North East Conservative MPs: Simon Clarke, Dehenna Davison, Peter Gibson, Richard Holden, Paul Howell, Ian Levy, and Matt Vickers.

Reacting to this latest instance of Conservative corruption Mary said:

“Members of Parliament are elected to serve constituents, not their own pockets.

Conservative MPs have obeyed the PM and voted to rip up the rule book because one of their own has been found guilty of breaching the rules and earning twice his salary lobbying for private firms in the process.

This is an assault on our democracy and an erosion of the standards of public life expected of us.

The Conservatives have today made our Parliament less accountable, less transparent, and frankly become apologists for corruption.”

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