George Osborne aide referred to authorities over cash-for-tours

George Osborne’s parliamentary aide has been referred to Commons authorities after fees were charged to access parliament. Greg Hands is the subject of an official complaint after Scrapbook revealed tickets for a tour sponsored by the Chelsea and Fulham MP were sold on for profit.

Conservative students flogged passes provided by Hands in apparent breach of rules laid down by the speaker. And while the chancellor’s parliamentary private secretary did not stand to benefit personally from the arrangement, Imperial College Conservative Association were able to redirect money generated toward party political activities.

The complaint to the Serjeant-at-Arms comes from fellow London MP Karen Buck:

Hands may come to regret his initial hubris as far as this episode is concerned.

4 Comments

  1. Penfold
    Posted June 20, 2011 at 12:26 pm | Permalink

    And NuLab never did anything similar in 13 years……

  2. @Penfold
    Posted June 20, 2011 at 1:38 pm | Permalink

    Oh so that’s all ok then, since we let the last lot get away with it it would be poor form to make too much of a fuss now.

  3. Matt Zarb-Cousin
    Posted June 20, 2011 at 1:57 pm | Permalink

    I don’t know, Penfold. Did they? Irrelevant point-scoring nonsense.

  4. Beerish
    Posted June 24, 2011 at 5:38 pm | Permalink

    it doesn’t make sense selling them at all! ridiculous

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