Dawn Butler, MP has tabled an Early Day Motion on the subject of the erosion of ministerial code. The text of the motion is below.
“That this House believes that trust in the ministerial code has been eroded by the actions of the Prime Minister; further believes that the Prime Minister should no longer be the guardian of the code as he has been shown to lack the moral aptitude needed; and therefore calls for steps to be taken to make the House of Commons responsible for deciding whether alleged breaches should be investigated and determining whether Ministers have breached the code.”
The motion has been signed by 83 MPs. Local MPs who signed it are
Grahame Morris, Easington
Ian Mearns, Gateshead
Ian Lavery, Wansbeck
Emma Lewell-Buck, South Shields
Mary Foy, Durham
The signatures for the motion come from a wide range of parties including Labour, SNP, Lib Dem, Green, Plaid Cymru, SDLP and independents.
There is already a petition on making lying the House of Commons a criminal offence.
Dawn Butler said:
“The prime minister can commit a crime of lying and then the prime minister is judge and jury. It makes no sense. It’s not fair and it’s not right.”
Dawn is calling on the public to contact their MP to sign the motion.
Petition to make lying in the House of Commons illegal article.