Shadow Chancellor let off hook by parliamentary commissioner after apologising
Shadow Chancellor Rachel Reeves has been let off the hook by the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards after failing to declare three donations within the period required by Commons rules.
Reeves was placed under investigation in February over the entries in her register of interests and the commissioner’s report at the end of last month found that she had failed to declare within the deadline a donation from a Leeds company, another from the GMB union – and one from millionaire Trevor Chinn, who has also donated to Keir Starmer as well as to former deputy leader Tom Watson, the anti-Labour peer Ian Austin and both Labour Friends of Israel and Conservative Friends of Israel,.
Commissioner Kathryn Stone decided that Reeves had indeed broken the MPs’ code of conduct but decided to take no action after Reeves apologised, ‘explained’ – blaming the omissions on the departure of one staff member and the inability of another to understand ‘what this task [of registering donations] entailed’ – and correction of the missing entries.
Rachel Reeves infamously once said that Labour would be tougher than the Tories on people claiming benefits, praised famous antisemite Nancy Astor and recently tried to blame Jeremy Corbyn for the collapse of Labour’s finances under Keir Starmer, claiming that the mass exodus of members from the party was ‘a good thing’.
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