Jacob Rees-Mogg ‘dumps’ committee changes in major Owen Paterson U-turn

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Jacob Rees-Mogg signalled the House of Commons may be in for a major U-Turn as he said he is seeking cross-party cooperation to create an appeal system to ensure MPs facing wrongdoing claims are treated fairly. The dispute came to light after MPs voted in favour of the creation of a new committee following calls for Conservative MP Owen Paterson to be suspended after he was found to have broken lobbying rules. Mr Rees-Mogg said it was a “matter of regret” the policy could not be supported and he is looking forward to further talks with the Opposition benches. 

Addressing the Commons on Thursday, he said: “Last night’s vote has created a certain amount of controversy.

It is important that standards in this House are done on a cross-party basis.

“The House voted very clearly to show it is worried about the process of handling these complaints and that we would like an appeal system but these changes need to be on a cross-party basis. And that is clearly not the case.

“While there are clearly very strong feelings on both sides of the House for the need of an appeal process, there are equally strong feelings this should not be based on a single case or applied retrospectively.”

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