Matters under inquiry by the Commissioner

Members who are currently the subject of an inquiry by the Commissioner are listed below, in chronological order according to when the inquiry began, together with a brief description of the nature of the allegation.

  • Lord Bassam of Brighton – alleged breach of the Code.
  • Lord Lester of Herne Hill – alleged breach of the Code in relation to personal honour.

 

Lord Lansley

In January 2018 Lord Lansley referred himself to the Commissioner after the Channel 4 Dispatches broadcast “Politicians for Hire: Cashing in on Brexit.”

The Commissioner has reviewed the full transcripts of Lord Lansley’s conversations with the undercover journalists working for Dispatches and she has concluded that there is no prime facie evidence that the House of Lords Code of Conduct is engaged by the things Lord Lansley said in those meetings. The transcripts show that Lord Lansley continually underlined the point that he would not be willing to breach the Code and that he would want to take advice from the House authorities where necessary.

Because the Commissioner can find no prime facie evidence that the Code is engaged this investigation will not continue beyond this preliminary assessment stage.

 

Last updated: 14 February 2018