Arrested MPs may not have to be named

Caroline Lucas
Materialization caption Green rty MP Caroline Lucas was arrested at a protest against fracking in 2013 and later acquitted

MPs who play a joke on been arrested will not automatically be identified under plans being debated in the Standards.

Instead, the MP involved would be consulted and only named if there is an climax of ” rliamentary privilege or constitutional significance” at stake.

The cross- rty Procedure Council says revealing names of arrested MPs is incom tible with the right to reclusion enshrined in human rights laws.

Minister Therese Coffey demanded it was up to the House of Commons to decide.

In its report, published in December last year, the board said “the present practice of the House in requiring the Speaker to publish the factors of a member’s arrest regardless of circumstance is, in its generalised and non-discretionary application, anti thetic with the right to privacy”.

‘Correcting an anomaly’

The government insisted the transformation brings MPs into line with the rest of the public.

A source chew out tattle oned the Independent on Sunday: “The anomaly, as far as it exists, is not that MPs are trying to get one of a kind treatment – rather, it’s the other way round. At the moment MPs are named but the public aren’t, so this is reasonable correcting that anomaly.”

The Procedure Committee report revealed that in the finish finally rliament, Tory MPs Nigel Evans and David Ruffley were favoured after their arrest. Mr Evans was acquitted of sexual offences and Mr Ruffley cautioned for storm.

Former Labour MP Eric Joyce was arrested four times, and Amateurish MP Caroline Lucas was arrested during a anti-fracking protest and later acquitted of bottleneck.

Meanwhile it emerged that police have involved in a total of five situations linked to MPs expenses under the current system, with none of the assembly-men identified.

Public trust

In December it emerged that the Independent Ordered Standards Authority (IPSA), the MPs’ expenses watchdog, had referred three potentially sinful cases to police in March without any public announcement, or identifying the soles involved.

The Metropolitan Police opened a fourth investigation in February 2015 into another MP comply with a public complaint, and is “liaising within IPSA”.

A Metropolitan Police Re ir spokeswoman said: “IPSA have made three referrals to the MPS – two in February 2015, and one in June. Of those, two studies are ongoing.

“An assessment of the third referral resulted in a 33-year-old woman, an worker of an MP, receiving a caution in April for fraud by false representation.

“A fourth inquisition, which commenced in February 2015 following a public complaint and in affiliation with IPSA, also remains ongoing.”

The Sunday Telegraph turn up that IPSA disclosed in response to a Freedom of Information request that it referred a fifth MP to a policewomen force “outside London” in May last year.

Sir Alistair Graham, the earlier chairman of the Committee on Standards in Public Life, told the news per that IPSA has a “notable duty” to reveal the identity of those investigated even though individual are presumed innocent until they are convicted.

“If IPSA have referred it it commonly means there is some prima facie evidence which warrants a criminal investigation,” Sir Alistair said.

“This air of secrecy purpose erode public trust at a time when public trust is not considered to be uncommonly high.”

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