An interesting exchange in the Commons this afternoon following the Guardian story:
Paul Farrelly told the House of Commons that he had sought to raise a question about Trafigura, which was an international oil trader “at the centre of a controversy concerning toxic waste dumping in the Ivory Coast.” Read more
My sources tell me that backbenchers from the Parliamentary Labour Party are to meet their equally angry counterparts from the Tory 1922 Committee to discuss what to do about Sir Thomas Legg. They are all furious about the fact that his criteria are being applied retrospectively. “Why not just go back and decide that Germany won the 1966 World Cup?”, one asked me.
There was a meeting of 40 or 50 Labour MPs with Nick Brown and Harriet Harman this morning in Room 11 in the House of Commons. They were a tad upset, I’m told. Some were moaning that there were clerical errors in Legg’s paperwork (eg dates were wrong), others that papers had been lost. Read more
My colleague James Mackintosh has written about the attempt by lawyers Carter-Ruck to silence the British media from reporting a proposed Parliamentary question; ironically, creating much more interest in the story than would have otherwise been the case. Here is his story.
You can find the Guardian’s breaking story here.