Personal Statements

– in the House of Commons at 1:15 pm on 22nd July 2021.

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Photo of Nigel Evans Nigel Evans Deputy Speaker (Second Deputy Chairman of Ways and Means) 1:15 pm, 22nd July 2021

Mr Speaker has granted leave to Adam Holloway and Bob Stewart to make personal statements following the recommendations of the Committee on Standards in its second report of Session 2021-22. I remind the House that there can be no debate arising from such statements.

Photo of Adam Holloway Adam Holloway Conservative, Gravesham 1:46 pm, 22nd July 2021

I wish to apologise to the House. Yesterday, the Committee on Standards adjudged that I and four other MPs were wrong to write a joint letter to two senior judges, copied to the judge who was hearing a case, which was followed by further letters to the Lord Chief Justice and the case judge, judged to try to influence the way personal references in court cases were made public. I now know it was improper to do so. I regret that and repeat and emphasise my apology.

Photo of Nigel Evans Nigel Evans Deputy Speaker (Second Deputy Chairman of Ways and Means)

Thank you very much, Mr Holloway. I now, via video link, call the right hon. Bob Stewart. [Interruption.] Hold on, Bob; we cannot hear you. [Interruption.] No, we still cannot hear you. Do you have someone to help you? Can you unmute your microphone? [Interruption.]

We will suspend at this moment, as we would have done before the next business, and then come back, hopefully, to Colonel Bob for his statement.

Sitting suspended.

On resuming—

Photo of Bob Stewart Bob Stewart Conservative, Beckenham

Thank you, Mr Deputy Speaker. I hope that the miracle has happened.

Photo of Bob Stewart Bob Stewart Conservative, Beckenham

I want to apologise to the House. Yesterday, the Committee on Standards adjudged that I and four other MPs were wrong to write a joint letter to two senior judges, copied to the judge who was about to hear a case, followed by further letters to the Lord Chief Justice and the case judge, which it concluded were an attempt to try to influence the way references in court cases were made public. I now know that it was wrong to do so. I regret it and I repeat my apology to the House.