Boris Johnson 'has no moral compass' says Campbell
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The Government has been engulfed in the so-called ‘sleaze’ scandal following the Prime Minister’s attempts to scrap Westminster’s standards system to spare Owen Paterson from suspension. Conservative MP Mr Paterson was found to have broken rules by lobbying the government on behalf of companies who were paying him – and for using his Commons office for business meetings, which is prohibited.
Number 10 had backed an amendment suspending Paterson’s punishment and creating a new standards body with a built-in Tory majority.
The fallout from the attempted rewriting of parliamentary rules has been huge, with calls for the Prime Minister to resign from the opposition benches and growing discontent among Boris Johnson’s own MPs.
Disgraced MP Owen Paterson resigned following the vote in the House of Commons, which had saved him until Mr Johnson U-turned less than 24 hours later.
The scandal has infuriated the public as well as politicians, with the electorate heading to the polls to show their dislike of the Prime Minister.
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When asked ‘Do you approve or disapprove of the Government’s record to date?’, only 25 percent of respondents said they approved of Mr Johnson’s top team in the most recent YouGov survey.
The data shows 54 percent said they disapproved of the Government’s record.
The results come as no surprise as the Prime Minister continues his refusal to apologise over the events of the past fortnight.
He has also defended MPs having second jobs outside of parliament, which has come under scrutiny due to the scandal.
He said at a press conference in Glasgow: “On second jobs, I would say that for hundreds of years MPs have gone to Parliament and also done work as doctors, lawyers or soldiers or firefighters or writers, or all sorts of other trades and callings.
“And on the whole, the UK population has understood that that has actually strengthened our democracy because people basically feel that parliamentarians do need to have some experience of the world.
“But, if that system is going to continue today, then it is crucial that MPs follow the rules.
“And the rules say two crucial things: you must put your job as an MP first and you must devote yourself primarily and above all to your constituents and the people who send you to Westminster, to Parliament.
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“And they also say that you should not use your position as an MP to lobby or otherwise intervene on behalf of any outside commercial interest.
“And it is not only that you have to register those interests – you can’t lobby or make representation while an MP on behalf of those interests.”
Mr Johnson finished his comment with: “Those are the rules and they must be enforced and those who don’t obey them should, of course, face sanctions” – despite attempting to circumvent them in Parliament a matter of days ago.
It comes as MP Sir Geoffrey Cox is under fire for taking home almost £1 million extra in a year from a second job – and from working outside of the UK for sustained periods of time.
Sir Geoffrey, 61, Conservative MP for Torridge and West Devon since 2005, has continued to practise as a barrister.
The Labour Party is currently demanding an investigation into what happened at Westminster – but the Prime Minister is not giving in.
Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer branded the Prime Minister’s actions as “contemptible” and “corrupt”.
He said the PM had repeatedly shown a pattern of being unable to “uphold standards in public life.”
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