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Cronyism, nepotism, conflicts of interest, misconduct, lying. Is this the worst parliament in history?LeadingMP Chris Bryant tells the inside story of misconduct in parliament,and shows how we can help solve it.
'Takes a bulldozer to the crumbling edifice of parliamentary standards'JAMES O'BRIEN 'Absolutely riveting. I read, I blink, I gasp'REVEREND RICHARD COLES 'Vital. It should serve as a wake-up call to all of us' ALASTAIR CAMPBELL 'A lively, forensic, engrossing, sometimes entertaining, often disturbing and always unflinching interrogation of what's gone wrong with our legislature'ANDREW RAWNSLEY, OBSERVER
The extraordinary turmoil we have seen in British politics in the last few years has set records. We have had the fastest turnover of ministers in our history and more MPs suspended from the House than ever. Rules have been flouted repeatedly, sometimes in plain sight. The government seems unable to escape the brush of sleaze. And just when we think it's all going to calm down a bit, another scandal breaks.
Having spent years as Chair of the Committees on Standards and Privileges, Chris Bryant has had a front-row seat for the battle over standards in parliament. Cronyism, nepotism, conflicts of interest, misconduct and lying: politicians are engaging in these activities more frequently and more publicly than ever before. The result? The work of honest and accountable MPs is tarnished. Public trust is worn thin. And when nearly two thirds of voters think that MPs are out for themselves, democracy is in trouble.
It is time for a better brand of politics. Taking us inside the Pugin-carpeted corridors of Westminster, from the prime minister's office to the Strangers' Bar, Code of Conduct examines how parliament has got into this mess and suggests how it might - at last - get its house in order.
Code Of Conduct
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18 December 2023
Chris Bryant has been the Member of Parliament for Rhondda since 2001. He was Deputy Leader of the House of Commons and Minister for Europe in the last Labour government, and has been Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport and Shadow Leader of the House of Commons. The author of six previous books, he has written regularly for the Guardian and the Independent, and has appeared on every major TV and radio news and current affairs programme. He was the first gay MP to celebrate his civil partnership in the Palace of Westminster