Responding to yesterday’s vote in Parliament in which local Conservative MPs Jack Lopresti (Filton and Bradley Stoke) and Chris Skidmore (Kingswood) voted to water down rules for dealing with MP sleaze and corruption, leader of the Liberal Democrat opposition on South Glos Council, Claire Young said:
“It is shameful that our local Conservative MP voted to water down rules aimed at preventing political sleaze.
“Local constituents deserve better than this stitch up that is dragging our politics through the mud.
“We’ve already seen this government wasting millions of pounds of taxpayers’ money, from dodgy Covid contracts to the refurbishment of Boris Johnson's flat.
“Tough rules and independent scrutiny are vital to prevent yet more sleaze scandals that end up with more public money being wasted."
Luke Hall, Conservative MP for Thornbury and Yate, did not vote. Having made no public comment on the issue, the reasons for this are unclear - it may be that he was simply "paired" with an opposition member who could not vote.