Grant Shapps resigned, maintaining his innocence in the affair, saying ‘responsibility should rest somewhere’ [Image: Carl Court/Getty Images].

Grant Shapps resigned, maintaining his innocence in the affair, saying ‘responsibility should rest somewhere’ [Image: Carl Court/Getty Images].


Only one question: Why?

Apparently a lump sum equivalent to three months’ salary is payable when a minister leaves office. For a backbencher this would be around £17,750, so a minister would receive much more.

Shapps was Tory Chairman, which I’m not sure counts as a ministerial appointment.

So it seems the £8,000 was for something else.

Doesn’t it?

Grant Shapps received a pay off after standing down as a minister at the height of the Conservative bullying scandal, it emerged on Thursday.

The former Conservative co-chairman was given £8,000 despite accepting responsibility amid claims he had failed to act on allegations of bullying following the death of party activist Elliott Johnson.

Shapps maintained his innocence in the affair but tendered his resignation on the grounds that “responsibility should rest somewhere”.

Source: Senior Tory Grant Shapps received payoff during bullying scandal | Politics | The Guardian

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