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Labour asks Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards to investigate Newark MP Robert Jenrick




Labour is calling for an investigation into whether Newark MP Robert Jenrick broke the code of conduct for MPs over his role in approving a £1bn property development.

As Housing Secretary, Mr Jenrick approved the 1,500-home scheme at the former Westferry printing works, in London's Isle of Dogs, against a planning inspector's recommendation.

It was just weeks after he sat at the same table as the developer, Richard Desmond, at a Conservative Party fundraiser. Mr Desmond later gave £12,000 to the party.

Newark MP Robert Jenrick being questioned in the House of Commons on Monday. Credit: Robert Jenrick on Twitter.(36734414)
Newark MP Robert Jenrick being questioned in the House of Commons on Monday. Credit: Robert Jenrick on Twitter.(36734414)

Mr Jenrick reversed his ruling, following legal action by Tower Hamlets council, admitting that what he did was “unlawful by reason of apparent bias.”

Labour wants the parliamentary commissioner for standards to consider if Mr Jenrick broke the code of conduct for MPs.

Downing Street said Boris Johnson considered the matter closed after Mr Jenrick published details of his contacts with Mr Desmond on Wednesday.

But Labour has now raised its concerns with the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards, claiming Mr Jenrick had not lived up to the principles of the code of conduct.

Shadow communities and local government secretary Steve Reed said there were still many unanswered questions and there had been clear breaches of the ministerial code.

A spokesman for Mr Jenrick said: "This letter from the Labour Party is unfounded, spurious and vexatious.

"The secretary of state has publicly set out a full account of his rationale for approving the planning appeal, and published all of the relevant documents for complete transparency.

"He has been clear that his decision was made with an open and fair mind."



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