There is a Parliamentary report out today into Jack Dromey, Labour MP for Birmingham Erdington, over his failure to register payments from Unite. Dromey is of course Mr Harriet Harman.
Dromey, former deputy general secretary of Unite, was paid by the union from May 2010 to October 2010 (while an MP) and failed to register the payments or on several times declare his interest in debates.
The report by the Committee on Standards and Privileges acknowledges the MPs’ co-operation and repeated apology. But it goes on to say that it might have ordered him to apologise to the Commons – in a personal statement – if he was not an inexperienced MP.
The committee accepts his written apology but add:
“We restrict ourselves to accepting Mr Dromey’s offer to apologise by way of a point of order on the floor of the House for his failure to declare interests…”