Revelations that a Conservative campaign organisation profited by selling access to parliament brought angry denials from implicated Tory MP Greg Hands, who resorted to quoting gangsta rap lyrics at the Political Scrapbook team.
Conservatives at Imperial College sold tickets for a “Houses of Parliament Tour with Greg Hands” — and while he did not benefit personally from the arrangement, speaker John Bercow’s official website states clearly that these must still not be sold for profit:
“MPs can sponsor tours of Parliament for constituents who would like to visit. Tours are given to constituents free of charge, and must NOT be sold for profit to third parties.”
Hands initially tried to dodge accusations by stating that he did not conduct the tour personally. But official records obtained by Scrapbook under freedom of information show Greg Hands arranged a 75-minute tour for 20 people on the same date and time that student Tories have already admitted he sponsored access:
“The Conservative Society at Imperial College sold the tickets in order to raise funds from their members to fund further events.”
If all the places were taken, this generated a tidy profit of £100 for the Imperial College Conservative Society — a party political campaigning organisation.
Hands should note what happened to the last MP implicated in charging for access.