Friday, March 30, 2007

Sleaze watch-dog finds Cameron guilty in cash for access row...

Sir Philip Mawer, the Parliamentary Standards Commissioner has ruled that David Cameron and his MPs are guilty of widespread abuse by using House of Commons and Lords dining rooms to raise cash for party funds to fight marginal seats.

I previously posted on Cameron's sleazy scam HERE, HERE, and HERE.

Parliamentary dinners with Cameron and other MPs were offered in exchange for hefty donations to Tory Party funds - clearly against anti-sleaze rules.

As well as ruling that Cameron and other Tories flouted Palace of Westminster rules over 'cash for access' dinners, the Parliamentary watch-dog also rebuked them for producing leaflets which advertised regular meetings in Cameron’s Commons office in exchange for a political donation of £50,000 a year.

The Commons Committee on Standards and Privileges ruled that the Tory leader, had been "ill-advised" in entertaining members of £50,000 a year Tory donors' clubs.

There's a full report on the ruling - and the embarrassing apology Cameron has been forced to issue in today's Independent.

Given the ruling, Labour MP John Mann (Bassetlaw) is now calling on Cameron and the Tories to donate to charity all the cash they raised through the scam.

2 comments:

Geoffrey G Brooking said...

At least he didn't sell peergages.

Can't wait for the Levy trial Phil.

fairdealphil said...

Geoffrey,

As you well know, we've already had "the Levy trial" by media.

Personally, i'll await the outcome of the police investigation into a complaint from another political party before rushing to judgement.

Cameron and the Conservatives have been judged and found guilty of wrong-doing by an official Parliamentary watchdog.