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Allegations currently under investigation by the Commissioner

The Commissioner looks at evidence that individual MPs may have broken the Rules of Conduct. She will find out the facts and make a decision. The fact that an inquiry is taking place does not mean that the rules have been broken. Once an inquiry has finished the Commissioner decides whether or not an MP has broken the rules. Once she has decided, the Commissioner’s decision and evidence received in the course of her inquiry will be published on one of the following webpages;

  • Allegations the Commissioner has not upheld,
  • Allegations the Commissioner has rectified,
  • Allegations reported to the Standards Committee.

Outside of the information published on her webpages, the Commissioner and her office will not comment on the details of an inquiry. The below table shows the inquiries the Commissioner is conducting, with the oldest case at the top of the table.

The House of Commons Code of Conduct and Guide to the Rules can be seen here.

Name of MP Relevant paragraph of the Code of Conduct  Matter under investigation

Ms Margaret Ferrier MP

(opened 12 October 2022)

Paragraph 11

Paragraph 17

Conflict between private interests and the public interest
 
Actions causing significant damage to the reputation of the House as a whole, or of its Members generally

Rt Hon. Mr Christopher Pincher MP

(opened 20 October 2022)

Paragraph 17

Actions causing significant damage to the reputation of the House as a whole, or of its Members generally

Mr Duncan Baker MP (opened 24 November 2022)

Paragraph 16

Use of facilities [stationery] provided from the public purse