If Britain’s political establishment is looking for ways of regaining the public’s trust they should look to restore the link between good conduct and status. Extra transparency is welcome but more important is decisive action against those who do not meet basic standards of behaviour. The failure of ineffective ministers to resign is an obvious source of disappointment. Today, courtesy of The Independent, we learn that Derek Conway MP has kept a £13,000pa bonus that he receives from the taxpayer "as a member of the "chairmen’s panel" appointed by the Speaker Michael Martin to oversee detailed debates on Bills."
MPs aren’t civil servants – the starting-point for debate on whether they should have the right to maternity leave
Provision for No Deal is in the Conservative manifesto. A vote against it would thus be one of confidence.
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