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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 8:19 pm on 15th November 2005.

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Photo of Jim Murphy Jim Murphy Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Cabinet Office) 8:19 pm, 15th November 2005

There is no evidence whatsoever that what happened with my right hon. Friend the Member for Sheffield, Brightside could have been avoided by the availability of such an independent adviser. I say that that was a technical breach because that is what it was. It did not involve sneaking into a dark corner and asking for thousands of pounds to speak in the Chamber, or going into a court of law and committing perjury, or trying to block investigations into financial sleaze in the Government. It was a technical breach.