Published On: Wed, Jul 21st, 2021
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Five Tories Breached Conduct Code in ‘Egregious’ Attempt to Influence Legal Caseon July 21, 2021 at 5:02 pm Save 10% on Citrus trees with code CITRUS
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Five Conservatives breached the code of conduct over an “egregious” attempt to influence a former Tory MP’s legal proceedings, the Commons Standards Committee has found. Theresa Villiers, Natalie Elphicke, Sir Roger Gale, Adam Holloway, and Bob Stewart sought to interfere in a decision regarding ex-MP Charlie Elphicke, who was convicted of sex offences. The committee recommended that former environment secretary Villiers, senior Conservative Gale, and Natalie Elphicke should be suspended from the House for one day, while all five were told to apologise. All five wrote to senior members of the judiciary raising concerns that a more junior judge was considering publishing character references provided for Charlie Elphicke. “The letters signed and sent by the members in this case were an attempt improperly to influence judicial proceedings,” the committee said. “Such egregious behaviour is corrosive to the rule of law and, if allowed to continue unchecked, could undermine public trust …

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