Last Update: December 29, 2022, 12:35 PM IST
UK PM Rishi Sunak has expressed concern in Parliament over the poor behavior of MPs on foreign trips organized by groups of different parties.
A report in The Times said the Prime Minister’s Office said it was “deeply concerned” that British MPs were allegedly met by sex workers in their hotel rooms and engaged in raucous drinking during parliamentary visits. Had happened
The response comes after reports that some senior government figures are concerned that MPs and peers engage in “sex and heavy drinking” on foreign trips and evidence could be used against abusers.
The Prime Minister’s Deputy Official Spokesperson said that monitoring visits by All-Party Parliamentary Groups (APPGs) was a matter for Parliament, but expressed concern about some of the behaviour. APPGs are informal cross-party bodies of MPs and peers that campaign on certain subjects.
There are more than 700 APPGs that run campaigns on specific topics and about 130 of these focus on certain countries and often arrange all-expenses-paid group trips.
There has long been concern over the operation of the APPG, which organizes fact-finding trips for MPs abroad where hospitality may be paid for by foreign governments or companies.
“We have seen some reports and some of the reported behavior is clearly very worrying,” the spokesperson reportedly said.
He added, “The Prime Minister believes that MPs should work hard for the public and the vast majority are focused on trying to solve our shared challenges, whether it is supporting the most vulnerable or improving our schools.” And work to make the roads safer.”
“Regulation of APPGs is a matter for the House[s of Parliament] And the Standards Committee is conducting an ongoing investigation into APPG. The process around them is a matter of the house rather than that of the government,” he said.
An investigation by Politico revealed several allegations of misconduct by MPs on the APPG visits.
It is also alleged that a former Conservative MP asked where the nearest brothel was when he visited a country in South-East Asia.
A former minister also reportedly stayed after official visits to pursue an “interest in the ladies”.
Another report claimed that a Labor MP was fond of “Russian girls”, while it was also alleged that some MPs attended parties at which young men and women were “supplied” for sex. Was.
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