Scrapping of crony committee – Wendy Chamberlain hails a “victory for democracy”

Responding to the government tabling a motion to scrap its proposed new standards committee, Liberal Democrat Chief Whip Wendy Chamberlain, who led yesterday’s emergency Commons debate on standards, said:

“It is a victory for democracy and decency that the government has finally scrapped their crony committee for good.

“This reflects the strength of feeling shown by MPs across the political spectrum at yesterday’s emergency debate.

“But this U-turn comes too late to undo the damage done to Boris Johnson and his government’s reputation. People won’t easily forget that the Tories tried to change the rules and undermine our democracy just to dodge scrutiny and protect themselves from future investigations.”

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  • Michael Cole 9th Nov '21 - 6:38pm

    “People won’t easily forget that the Tories tried to change the rules and undermine our democracy just to dodge scrutiny and protect themselves from future investigations.” I trust and hope that you and your colleagues in Parliament will continue to remind people.

  • nigel hunter 9th Nov '21 - 10:06pm

    This and other actions of Johnson.s Govnt must not be allowed to be forgotten, especially if in our leaflets etc, it can win us support

  • John Marriott 10th Nov '21 - 9:51am

    Viewing the antics of our Prime Minister reminds me of the verse in that immortal ‘poem’, ‘The Good Ship Venus’, which some of you less reconstructed souls may recall from your misspent youths. I refer to the verse, which begins; “The captain of this lugger”. I shall, for the sake of decency, refrain from quoting any more. Indeed, I wonder whether this post will make past the editors.

  • Very apt John Marriott!! But what can we make of our country that such a person with such a terrible reputation as our Prime Minister continually avoids the ultimate condemnation from the general public, I hope the likes of Wendy Chamberlain keep up the attack on the corruption in Parliament.

  • Oh how we smiled when Donald Trump said one thing, one minute, and the opposite the next..

    Days after using a three-line-whip’ to stop a guilty MP escape punishment Johnson claims that “the most important thing” in relation to MPs’ standards was that MPs who break the rules should be punished.

    I’m not smiling now!

  • ‘stop a guilty MP escape punishment’ should read ‘help a guilty MP escape punishment’

    The ‘unwinding’ G&T’s ‘unwound’ me too much!

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