Neil Coyle had claimed Corbyn failed to declare relevant expenses in his parliamentary declaration. The Standards Commissioner says no
The Parliamentary Standards Commissioner has rejected notorious right-winger Neil Coyle’s complaint that Jeremy Corbyn had not declared donations he should have entered in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests.
Coyle had attempted to claim that legal support provided by the Unite union to Corbyn should have been declared, but the Commissioner agreed with Corbyn that the legal support was available to any member of Unite and was provided on that basis, rather than as any kind of donation to the former Labour leader as an MP – and accordingly rejected Coyle’s complaint in its entirety:
Coyle hit headlines last year when details of abusive messages he had sent to Corbyn were published. At the time he was sending them, he was being investigated by the party over bullying complaints. A little later in the year, Coyle tweeted in outrage about a statement by Socialist Campaign Group MPs demanding Corbyn’s reinstatement to the party whip.
However, in 2018 he was revealed to have been having drinks with the notorious right-winger who had been suspended by the party for tweeting about the rape and beheading of then-Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry.
In summer of this year, Coyle also drew criticism for calling for the proscription and automatic expulsion of left-wing Jews from the party. Members of the group in question have been shown to be as much as over 200 times more likely to be targeted by the right-wing Labour machine under Starmer sidekick David Evans.
Coyle was also the subject of a 2017 letter of rebuke signed by members who had campaigned to help get him re-elected – and had to apologise to a neighbouring Labour MP and her members – for his conduct.
Coyle’s failure represents the crash-and-burn of another right-wing attempt to discredit the former Labour leader. Last week, Panorama‘s John Ware was revealed to have abandoned an attempt to sue Corbyn over his comments about the programme’s impartiality and journalistic standards.
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