Geoffrey Cox says watchdog will decide whether he broke second job rules

Geoffrey Cox says watchdog will decide whether he broke second job rules

Geoffrey Cox says watchdog will decide whether he broke second job rules

The Guardian says The former attorney general Geoffrey Cox has said he will submit to the judgment of the parliamentary watchdog over whether he breached a rule by working on his second job from the House of Commons, as he defended his right to advise the British Virgin Islands (BVI) authorities while a Tory MP.

The MP for Torridge and West Devon has been under fire for appearing to conduct a public hearing as a lawyer while in parliament, and using a proxy vote while working in the BVI.

In a statement, he said he had consulted the chief whip about voting in the Commons from abroad during lockdown and was “advised that it was appropriate”. He also said his work for the BVI authorities was “not to ‘defend’ a tax haven or, as has been inaccurately reported, to defend any wrongdoing but to assist the public inquiry in getting to the truth”.

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2021/nov/10/mps-should-not-use-commons-offices-for-second-jobs-says-sajid-javid-geoffrey-cox


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