Angela Rayner wants ANOTHER investigation into Tories – 10 probe demands in a month

Angela Rayner defends her criticism of Boris Johnson

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It is the Labour deputy leader’s tenth letter making requests for investigations into the Conservatives in under a month. Her first letter in her recent bombardment came on November 5 and have been sent regularly ever since.

In her latest letter to the head of the civil service, Simon Case, Ms Rayner demands answers to accusations of lockdown breaking parities taking place in Downing Street last winter.

It has been claimed work-related social gatherings were held in the lead-up to Christmas last year even though the public was forbidden from doing the same.

The events are said to have gone on into the early hours of the morning and included alcohol.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said any events held at No 10 were “in accordance with the rules”.

Ms Rayner wrote asking if an internal investigation was being launched into the allegations and whether the Met Police would be brought in.

She wrote: “You will no doubt understand the seriousness of the allegations made.

“This Government is undermining public health messaging with their actions and we cannot let this go on unchecked.

“It cannot be that the Prime Minister believes there to be a set of rules for the public and a totally different set of rules for himself”.

Among her previous wide-ranging demands, Ms Rayner has called for an investigation into Boris Johnson’s family holiday to a friend’s villa, the Health Secretary for having shares in an AI company, and into the loss of minutes from civil service meetings.

Of the ten letters sent in the last month, only one incident has gone on to be investigated.

On November 21, the Ashton-under-Lynne MP sent a letter to the independent adviser on ministers’ interests, Lord Geidt, urging him to look into the conduct of Jacob Rees-Mogg.

She accused the Leader of the Commons of breaking the rules by failing to declare a £6million loan from Saliston Limited, a company he owns.

He received the loans over three annual instalments, each with a lower than market average interest rate.

The loan was not reported on the official register of ministerial interests, with Labour accusing the North East Somerset MP of misconduct.

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Yesterday Mr Rees-Mogg was added to the list of MPs that are under investigation by Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards Kathryn Stone.

Mr Rees-Mogg said the rules did not dictate that loans be declared.

In a statement, he said: “Saliston is 100 percent owned by me and this is declared clearly in the Commons register and to the Cabinet Office.

“It has no activities that interact with Government policy.

“The loans from 2018 were primarily taken out for the purchase and refurbishment of 7 Cowley Street as temporary cash flow measures.

“All loans have either been repaid with interest, in accordance with HMRC rules, or paid as dividends and taxed accordingly.

“The register asks for earnings, not loans, which is why I was declared an as a non-remunerated director until I resigned on entering Government.

“Loans are not earnings and are not declarable in the register of interests.”

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