Here we go again. Another snout in the trough has been caught on camera.
“The paper (Sunday Times) alleges he coached the boss of a firm, owned by a company that was paying Mr Yeo, before the businessman gave evidence to his committee.
Mr Yeo denies this, and says he intends to contest all the allegations.
The BBC understands Mr Yeo has referred himself to the Parliamentary standards commissioner.” BBC Online 9/6/13
Conservative blogger Guido Fawkes is not a fan.
“The reporters approached Yeo posing as representatives of a solar energy company offering to hire him as a paid advocate to push for new laws to boost its business for a fee of £7,000 a day. He told them he could commit to at least one day a month, despite the fact that he already held four private jobs and was in negotiations to take a further two. Setting out what he could offer, the MP said: “If you want to meet the right people, I can facilitate all those introductions and I can use the knowledge I get from what is quite an active network of connections.” Asked if that extended to government figures, Yeo replied: “Yes.” The House of Commons code of conduct forbids members from acting as paid advocates, including by lobbying ministers. Yeo also said he could help them by guiding them on submitting evidence to his own committee, which he described as “a good way of getting your stuff on the map”.
Confirming what we knew all along: Yeo is one of parliament’s most shameless Honorable Members.”
The brass neck of these slimeballs is quite breathtaking. Having been caught bang to rights on camera they still claim to be innocent and that they will contest the allegations vigorously. Following his mate Mercer, Yeo says he has ‘referred himself to the Parliamentary standards commissioner’ as though we should be impressed.
The one Commissioner who did her job properly (Elizabeth Filkin)was disgracefully hounded out by senior (mainly Labour) MPs after she investigated Peter Mandelson’s murky financial dealings. Since then we have had establishment stooges, one of whom was described by Private Eye as ‘feeble.’ The current occupant, Kathryn Hudson, has been in post under a year. The speedy self-referral by the entrapped snouts implies that they are confident they have nothing to fear.
Nothing less than a complete clear out of these self-serving sleazeballs will do. Mercer and Yeo should be investigated by the police for corruption. And thrown out of the Commons. It would be a start.