Chris Bryant undermines his own book by supporting scandal-hit MP

Chris Bryant: he seems to have shot himself in the foot, verbally.

The politician who chairs the House of Commons’ committee on Standards has written a book about how MPs can regain public trust after a series of scandals – but undermined himself by speaking in support of the first MP to cause such a scandal after the Tories took office in 2010.

Here’s Chris Bryant, talking about his book Code of Conduct on the BBC’s Breakfast News today (August 8, 2023):

In the clip, he mentions Liam Fox, praising his work regarding Down’s Syndrome and saying people should focus on the good work done by people in Parliament.

But Dr Fox had to resign as Defence Secretary in October 2011 over his friendship with Adam Werritty. Here’s Wikipedia on what happened then:

Werritty made visits to Fox at the Ministry of Defence (MoD) in Whitehall on 22 occasions in 16 months; Werrity was not security-cleared with the MoD. Additionally, over a 17-month period, ending October 2011, Werritty was present at 40 of Fox’s 70 recorded engagements. The uncertain nature of Werritty’s relationship with Fox led to an investigation by senior civil servants, initially the MoD’s Permanent Secretary, Ursula Brennan and latterly the Cabinet Secretary Sir Gus O’Donnell. Fox claimed that Werrity had never worked for him either in an official or unofficial capacity despite allegations that he was using a source of advice outside the Civil Service, paid for by private funds. Disclosure of increasing amounts of detail of their contact, funding and explanations of their relationship led to Fox’s resignation on 14 October 2011 in advance of O’Donnell’s report of his investigation.

So he fled from office in disgrace over allegations of impropriety. Any good work he has done since then cannot be used to disregard that.

But Bryant wants to give him a free pass.

It’s a highly surprising misstep that – sadly – calls into question his judgement and raises questions about the validity of any observations he makes in his book. Right?

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3 thoughts on “Chris Bryant undermines his own book by supporting scandal-hit MP

  1. Anubeon

    The likes of Bryant aren’t interested in genuinely earning public trust; they’re interested in the phoney reforms aimed at dooping the general public into believing that their political class are trustworthy.

    He’s another of the self-serving careerists who’ll swear blind that MPs are underpaid and in the same breath assert that they’re all there out of a sense ‘public duty’ and not just to rent-seek and gouge the public perse as Fox and so many others have done for decades.

    I’m not inclined to trust Bryant himself, the tedious phoney spend copious ammounte of energy trying to destroy some of the few politicians in the Commons that haven’t tried to monetise their political careers and clearly aren’t in it to deregulate every industry that can get their grubby little nasher into for a nice little earner (e.g. landlordism).

    1. Martyn Meacham

      Bryant was also one of the backstabbing traitors that made sure labour lost the last election. He and the rest of the traitors condemned us to more tory cruelty, lies, theft, fraud, corruption, and social murder! Never forget- Never forgive!

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