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.