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Friday, 19 December 2014

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Cumbrian ex-politician’s code of conduct breach

One of Cumbria’s best known politicians has apologised for breaching the House of Lords Code of Conduct by accepting a contract that involved him acting as a link between other politicians and the Cayman Islands government.

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David Maclean

The House’s privileges and conduct committee took a complaint in March which included a copy of the contract agreed by Tory peer David Maclean, the former MP for Penrith and the Border, now known as Lord Blencathra.

Among the services he agreed to provide for the Cayman Islands were “liaising with and making representations to” MPs.

The Lords’ Commissioner for Standards found that by agreeing the contract Mr Maclean was in breach of the House’s code of conduct – though it was accepted there was no evidence he actually provided any such services.

He has now issued an apology. In it, he says that he “misled” himself into thinking the agreement was okay because he had no intention of providing the services promised.

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