Another Tory faces investigation over lobbying

Andrew Bridgen: under investigation.

It seems Tory MPs have been doing their best to change the name of their party from “Conservatives” to “The Accused”.

Latest in the long line of Tories facing allegations – a line that includes Owen Paterson (accused of the same offence) and prime minister Boris Johnson himself – is Andrew Bridgen.

It is claimed that he has accepted £5,000 in return for lobbying on behalf of a firm; he allegedly raised its tax issues with a relevant minister.

Details of the story, including Bridgen’s denial, are available here.

The key to this is that MPs are not allowed to take money for raising issues in the House of Commons or with ministers.

If that’s what standards commissioner Kathryn Stone decides has happened, then Bridgen will be in the same kind of trouble that faced Paterson.

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