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Old 4th May 2020, 03:50 AM   #1
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Tory Minister resigns Over 'Attempt To Intimidate Member Of The Publicí

Conor Burns has resigned as trade minister after the standards watchdog said he should be receive a seven-day suspension from the Commons for attempting to intimidate a member of the public.

https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/ent...b639d6e579389b

If the watchdog suggested a 7 day suspension, and he's quit it suggests to me there is more than this that needs investigating.
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Old 4th May 2020, 03:59 AM   #2
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The watchdog suggested a seven-day suspension from the Commons: that's because he broke the rules that apply to all MPs - not just ministers. He's resigned as a minister, but he's staying on as an MP. I think that's what you normally expect in these situations.

It's a shame that MPs don't resign as MPs when they're found guilty of breaking the rules, but they rarely do - it usually takes a really serious criminal offence resulting in prison time to make them quit. One Labour MP recently refused to quit even after serving her prison time, and returned to the Commons wearing her ankle tracking device. It took a recall by her constituents to force her out. This is one reason why MPs shouldn't refer to each other as 'honourable' - most of them aren't.

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Old 4th May 2020, 05:04 AM   #3
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Originally Posted by ceptimus View Post
It's a shame that MPs don't resign as MPs when they're found guilty of breaking the rules, but they rarely do - it usually takes a really serious criminal offence resulting in prison time to make them quit. One Labour MP recently refused to quit even after serving her prison time, and returned to the Commons wearing her ankle tracking device. It took a recall by her constituents to force her out. This is one reason why MPs shouldn't refer to each other as 'honourable' - most of them aren't.


Although honestly, I'm surprised at that bit. I'd expect people who feel some shame to resign under such conditions, but those who are actually criminals? It's quite surprising that any of them would voluntarily quit a well-paying job, particularly when it's very hard to fire them from said job, and there's no way to actually make them do anything in said job. It's essentially free money for them, for as long as it takes to arrange a recall vote.
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Old 4th May 2020, 08:44 AM   #4
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This was certainly wrong, although probably not criminal. I once had a similar experience with a journalist threatening to put my name and picture in the paper to try and settle a disagreement. I asked for the name and telephone number of his editor, and he refused to give it to me. Nothing happened about the threat although I did keep a contemporaneous note of the 'conversation' for a while. So it is not just politicians who try and exploit their position.

The Scottish MP who had a video taken when threatening violence against a neighbour, does anyone know if he is due for discipline? Or does threatening behaviour not count if it is outside of the commons? This would certainly seem to verge on the criminal.
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/u...-a9472941.html
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There's a photo of him in the article. He looks EXACTLY like the sort of person who would do such a thing.
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Old 4th May 2020, 09:06 AM   #6
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He needn't worry, resigning in disgrace these days (or even get fired from a cabinet or shadow cabinet job) is no bar to coming back to an even higher position. Ask Johnson and Patel.
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