The lobbying scandal has just claimed another victim.
Patrick Mercer MP resigns over lobbying scandal, reports the Telegraph.
The Telegraph and the BBC’s Panorama have been investigating the former shadow minister over a major lobbying scandal and is poised to publish a series of revelations about Mr Mercer tomorrow.
Lobby hacks on Twitter today have been saying that Mercer has been stung by reporters posing as lobbyists on behalf of the country of Fiji, to set up an All-party parliamentary group.
It turns out Patrick Mercer MP has been asking questions in the House of Commons regarding Fiji.
According to TheyWorkForYou:
1) On 16th May Patrick Mercer MP wrote to ask:
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
(1) what discussions his Department has had with the government of Fiji about that country’s human rights record;
(2) what discussions his Department has had with the government of Fiji about the status of Fiji within the Commonwealth;
(3) what discussions his Department has had with the government of Fiji about the effects on Fiji of its suspension from the Commonwealth;
(4) what his policy is on the readmission of Fiji to the Commonwealth; and if he will make a statement.
2) On 20th May Patrick Mercer MP wrote to ask:
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the UK’s investment in public transport in Fiji; and if he will make a statement.
In adition, he also raised Early Day Motions.
That this House recognises that the government of Fiji is making all reasonable efforts to restore democracy; believes that in the light of ongoing hardship being endured by its businesses, there is no justification for Fiji’s continued suspension from the Commonwealth; and, therefore, urges the Government to arrange a ministerial visit in order to help prepare for and assist its readmission.
via Sunny Hundal Liberal Conspiracy http://liberalconspiracy.org/2013/05/31/is-this-what-forced-tory-mp-patrick-mercer-to-resign/