Every day sees fresh allegations of corruption in this Conservative Government – the Prime Minister “fixing” tax breaks for his friends, the Chancellor “pushing” the Treasury to help Lex Greensill; and the Health Secretary owning shares in a company delivering NHS services.
At the heart of the scandal are people’s jobs and wasted taxpayers’ money. Thousands of jobs at Liberty Steel are on the line and yet the Prime Minister has done nothing to fix that. NHS nurses worked on our frontlines to protect us – but it’s a chum of the Prime Minister who has his phone number that gets offered a tax break, while they got a pay cut.
Thousands of businesses across the country have stepped up in the national effort – but the difference is, they don’t have the Prime Minister’s number to arrange special tax deals. There’s an open door for those with the Prime Minister’s number and a closed door for everyone else.
Boris Johnson is front and centre of the biggest lobbying scandal in a generation. He must now agree to a full, transparent and independent inquiry into lobbying – and end the scandal of Conservative politicians abusing taxpayer money. And given the cronyism consuming the Conservative party, Labour is demanding the scope of the lobbying register is expanded to include in-house lobbyists. Otherwise it’s clearly one rule for them, and another for everyone else.