Local MP Richard Thomson has backed a report from the Committee on Standards in Public Life. The report was debated in Parliament this week and follows the recent ‘Partygate’ scandals which engulfed the Prime Minister.
Speaking in the House of Commons, Richard Thomson MP said:
“Standards matter and any perception to the contrary that is allowed to build up damages politics in general and damages us all. It diminishes the legitimacy of the decisions we take and deters good people from getting involved in public life. Most damaging of all, it pushes people away from having the chance to express their views democratically by participating at the ballot box.
“A standards system can operate only with as much integrity as those charged with implementing it have themselves. We have a Prime Minister who is not only the gatekeeper to that process, but also effectively the judge, the jury and, if need be, the executioner, and he remains so despite his manifest unsuitability, in my view, to carry out that role and despite the very clear recommendations of the Committee on Standards in Public Life.”