MPs try to block rules on conduct

MPs are seeking to block new rules that could see them punished for indiscretions in their private lives.

A revised Code of Conduct being considered today states that politicians should not do anything that would “cause significant damage to the reputation and integrity of the House of Commons”.

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However, a cross-party group has tabled an amendment amid fears that individuals could be censured or even suspended for actions that have no bearing on their duties.

The MPs – including Tory 1922 committee chairman Graham Brady and former Liberal Democrat leader Sir Menzies Campbell – want to add a line specifying that the standards commissioner may not investigate a matter “which relates only to the conduct of a MP in their private and personal lives”.