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A Blonde Nightmare

June 29, 2016

Today I have written to the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards. I have written to complain about Boris. My email is below. If you would also like to write, the email address is standardscommissioner@parliament.uk

Dear Sirs

I write to complain about the behaviour of Boris Johnson which I perceive to be in contravention of The Code of Conduct for Members of Parliament as laid down in your publication:   http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201516/cmcode/1076/1076.pdf.

A great deal of Mr Johnson’s recent behaviour in connection with the Vote Leave campaign warrants complaint. I shall, however, restrict my complaints to a couple of specific points which are easy to verify as both were sign written on the side of Mr Johnson’s campaign bus. The first is the claim that £350 million is taken by the EU from Britain every week. The amount which constitutes Britain’s rebate is not taken. The second is the claim that this £350 million would be used to fund the NHS if Britain were to leave the EU. Sequel to the referendum in which Britain voted to leave the EU, this claim has now been withdrawn.

Both of the above claims by Mr Johnson have transpired to be untrue. As there appears to be no evidence that their lack of truth is derivative from mere mistake, it is impossible to conclude that these claims constitute anything less than blatant lies.

Mr Johnson’s claims do not accord with the rules stated in Section V. ‘Rules of Conduct’ in the above publication. In particular his claims contravene the following points:

10. “Members shall base their conduct on a consideration of the public interest, avoid conflict between personal interest and the public interest and resolve any conflict between the two, at once, and in favour of the public interest.”

There are no circumstances when the failure of any politician to tell the truth is in the public interest. This could not be more true or of greater importance than in a campaign for a referendum upon which the future of Britain and Europe is significantly dependent.

15. “Members are personally responsible and accountable for ensuring that their use of any expenses, allowances, facilities and services provided from the public purse is in accordance with the rules laid down on these matters. Members shall ensure that their use of public resources is always in support of their parliamentary duties. It should not confer any undue personal or financial benefit on themselves or anyone else, or confer undue advantage on a political organisation.”

The claims of Mr Johnson are widely perceived to have been made with the objective of conferring advantage upon himself. Of unquestionable certainty, they were made with the specific intent of conferring advantage upon the Vote Leave campaign.

16. “Members shall never undertake any action which would cause significant damage to the reputation and integrity of the House of Commons as a whole, or of its Members generally.”

The consequences of the claims of Mr Johnson have caused immense damage to the reputation and integrity of the House of Commons.

I trust that this complaint will be investigated thoroughly and with urgency.

Yours faithfully

HMH

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