Standards in Public Life

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 2:00 pm on 7th June 2022.

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Photo of Margaret Beckett Margaret Beckett Labour, Derby South 2:00 pm, 7th June 2022

I hear my hon. Friend’s representations on that point, but I simply say to him that what perhaps the American experience may have demonstrated is that a rogue Prime Minister, like a rogue President, can ignore a written constitution as easily as they can an unwritten constitution, so I remain unconvinced. But what I also remain is absolutely clear that we need greater emphasis on the need for high standards in public life and that that emphasis can be sustained only through a process that is rooted in independence and ensures greater scrutiny of all those who exercise responsibility on behalf of our electorate.