Select Committee on Standards and Privileges First Report


Letter to the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards from Mr Paul Tyler CBE MP

As you will know, there are persistent media reports that a number of MPs have won very substantial sums by taking advantage of long odds early on in the contest for the Speaker's Chair.

If these bets in any way coloured MPs' judgement of the respective qualities of the different candidates for the Chair, that is obviously a very serious matter indeed, and if it affected the eventual outcome, that too must cause real concern.

Surely, any member who has made a substantial sum betting on the outcome of the election of the new Speaker should declare that in the Register of Members' Interests.

I would be grateful for your guidance.

25 October 2000

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