Stan­dards to be up­held

Daily Mail - - PETER OBORNE -

LABOUR MP Kate Green is ex­pected to be­come the new chair of the Com­mons Com­mit­tee on Stan­dards, with nom­i­na­tions due to close on Mon­day. I can think of few MPs less suited to this vi­tally im­por­tant job, which is sup­posed to en­sure de­cent be­hav­iour from MPs. Back in May, she was one of the MPs on the stan­dards com­mit­tee who voted against a Com­mons in­ves­ti­ga­tion into claims that John Ber­cow bul­lied his staff. If Ms Green be­comes chair, it will be a dis­as­ter for the Com­mons. It will lead to fears that those ac­cused of mis­be­haviour will not face the level of scru­tiny that’s cru­cial if the pub­lic’s faith in Par­lia­ment — shat­tered by the ex­penses scan­dal — is not to crum­ble once more.

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