Jacob Rees-Mogg under investigation by watchdog he wanted to abolish
Jacob Rees-Mogg continues to deny any wrongdoing
The sleaze watchdog Jacob Rees-Mogg wanted to abolish a few weeks ago has Uno-reversed the MP and is now investigating him.
Rees-Mogg is currently under investigation following an allegation that he did not register employment or earnings information appropriately.
The news broke via the watchdog's website, where it was also revealed that the leader of the Scottish Conservatives, Douglas Ross, is also under investigation following the same allegations.
Re standards investigation, Rees-Mogg reiterates his argument that he's done nothing wrong re his loans pic.twitter.com/lOSitclA2V
— Calgie (@christiancalgie) December 1, 2021
This comes two weeks after Labour referred the MP to the body over claims surrounding what is detailed as "cheap loans."
In the wake of the Owen Patterson affair, Rees-Mogg played a central role in the attempt to overhaul the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards. Though the MP was forced to alter his proposal after immense backlash from colleagues and the general public, the watchdog has now set its sights upon him.
Jacob Rees Mogg.
The man who wanted the standards commissioner investigated
Is...drumroll please … being investigated#ToryCorruption
— sue#NHSLove💙💙💙#FBNHS (@SueSuezep) December 1, 2021
The North East Somerset representative will be investigated under the section that explains MPs may "register the work at any time between completing the work and 28 days after receiving any payment".
While Rees-Mogg denied any misstep on his part, it was alleged he "failed to declare director's loans from his company worth £6 million between 2018 and 2020".
'I'm damned if I can remember which MP it was that led the government's failed attempt to reform the House of Commons Standards system that is now investigating Jacob Rees-Mogg.'@mrjamesob pic.twitter.com/wLAcEqQ32l
— LBC (@LBC) December 1, 2021
Douglas Ross, who is reportedly seeking to take over from Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, referred himself to the watchdog in November.
"It was a bad error on my behalf," he told BBC Radio Scotland. Ross said he was "extremely sorry" and he "noticed the mistake myself…[and] got in touch with the parliamentary authorities".
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