GB News: Lee Anderson on Vorderman attack on Tories
Lee Anderson has been found guilty of an “inadvertent” breach of MP rules and given a light slap on the wrist by the Commons’ standards commissioner.
Mr Anderson was placed under investigation by the Commons’ top sleaze buster in July after filming an advert for his Friday evening GB News show from a roof terrace on the Parliamentary estate, overlooking Whitehall.
MPs must not use the facilities of Parliament for business unconnected to their official parliamentary duties.
Despite lefties hoping for the MP standards investigator to humiliate Mr Anderson in a damning verdict, Daniel Greenberg CB all-but cleared the Tory deputy chair of intentional wrongdoing.
In a report published this afternoon, Mr Greenberg said Lee Anderson accepted he had failed to seek authorisation to film on the parliamentary estate, “apologised and took responsibility for his decision”.
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The sleaze buster-in-chief concluded that the breaches were “inadvertent”.
He rectified the procedure and Mr Anderson accepted his decision, giving an undertaking “that breaches of this kind will not recur”.
Mr Anderson, who rakes in £100,000-a-year for the TV show on GB News, used the filming location to ask his audience to get in touch with questions for his show.
“Have you got a problem and got nobody to turn to? Well look no further. Agony Anderson will solve all your problems.
“Contact me if you’ve got any problems, whether they are social or personal.”
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MP rules state: “Excepting modest and reasonable personal use, Members must ensure that the use of facilities and services provided to them by Parliament, including an office, is in support of their parliamentary activities.”
MPs have previously landed in hot water over the rules while being caught carrying out duties from their second jobs, or party political campaigning, from their taxpayer-funded offices.
A Commons official told Mr Greenberg that, had Mr Anderson asked to film from the roof terrace, “it is unlikely that filming permission would have been granted by the relevant bodies”.
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