The SNP has been granted an Urgent Question in the House of Commons amid the growing Tory sleaze scandal – with Tory ministers set to face MPs from 3.35pm.
Alison Thewliss MP has tabled a question asking the Minister for the Cabinet Office, Michael Gove, to update the House on the Ministerial Code amid the serious allegations of special access, impropriety and possible illegality being levelled at the Tory government.
The SNP has called for a full independent public inquiry into why Tory donors and friends have been handed lucrative contracts, special access, tax breaks and peerages by the Tory government.
A poll by Opinium for The Observer, published yesterday, found 37% of people across the UK think Boris Johnson is “corrupt”, rising to 53% of people in Scotland. While 55% of people across the UK think the Prime Minister’s behaviour over the James Dyson ‘texts for contracts’ affair is “unacceptable”, rising to around two-thirds (65%) of people in Scotland.
Commenting, Alison Thewliss MP said:
“As Minister for the Cabinet Office, Michael Gove must come to the despatch box and answer questions on the growing Tory sleaze scandal engulfing Westminster.
“There are some very serious allegations of special access, impropriety and possible illegality being levelled at the highest levels of the Tory government – including the Prime Minister.
“The public have a right to know why Tory donors and friends have been handed lucrative contracts, special access, tax breaks and peerages. It absolutely stinks of Tory sleaze and cronyism at its most rotten.
“A full independent public inquiry is the only way to provide the transparency and accountability required. Those responsible must be held to account.”
Notes for Editors:
Alison Thewliss MP’s UQ is expected around 3.35pm today, and can be watched here: https://www.parliamentlive.tv/Event/Index/68bb73ca-0d19-44f1-94a3-e79a00fcffcd
‘Poll: More than half of Scots believe Boris Johnson is ‘corrupt” –
Full Opinium tables: https://www.opinium.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/VI-21-04-21-Observer-Tables.xlsx