I have worked in the media for 16 years. I understand what an embargo means. To give a member a statement that has an embargo on it means that the statement is in the public domain—the press have the information, but it should not be used.
My third reason for opposing the motion is that the penalty for the alleged breach is disproportionate and should be rejected. If members read the Official Report they will see that the Standards and Public Appointments Committee members recognised that the offence was different to a previous breach, but decided that the penalty should be the same.
For those three reasons, I ask members to reject the motion.