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
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