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Owen Paterson quits after the government are accused of ‘corruption and sleaze’

4th Nov 21 3:31 pm

Owen Paterson has announced he is to resign as the Conservative MP for North Shropshire following a furious row over his proposed suspension from the Commons.

Paterson was found to have broken lobbying rules by parliament’s independent sleaze investigator and it was recommended that he be suspended for 30 days.

However, Boris Johnson passed a motion to ignore Patterson’s the 30 day suspension which created a backlash which led to the government being accused of “corruption” as they tried to overhaul Parliament’s standards rules.

Do to an enormous outcry the government did a U-turn on Thursday after being accused of corruption and sleaze and the Commons leader Jacob Rees-Mogg said no processes will continue without any cross party support.

Patterson has now resigned and he said in a statement, “The last two years have been an indescribable nightmare for my family and me.

“My integrity, which I hold very dear, has been repeatedly and publicly questioned.

“I maintain that I am totally innocent of what I have been accused of and I acted at all times in the interests of public health and safety.

“I, my family and those closest to me know the same. I am unable to clear my name under the current system.”

In reference to his wife, who took her life earlier this year, he said: “Far, far worse than having my honesty questioned was, of course, the suicide of my beloved and wonderful wife, Rose.

“She was everything to my children and me. We miss her everyday and the world will always be grey, sad and ultimately meaningless without her.”

Paterson’s statement continued, “The last few days have been intolerable for us.

“Worst of all was seeing people, including MPs, publicly mock and deride Rose’s death and belittle our pain.

“My children have therefore asked me to leave politics altogether, for my sake as well as theirs.

“I agree with them. I do not want my wife’s memory and reputation to become a political football.

“Above all, I always put my family first.”

He concluded, “This is a painful decision but I believe the right one. I have loved being the MP for North Shropshire and have considered it a privilege to have been elected to serve my constituents for 24 years.

“I would like to thank my staff who have worked for me so loyally over many years.

“I also want to thank those who have stood by me so staunchly. I wish them all the best in that difficult but vital job of being a Member of Parliament.

“I will remain a public servant but outside the cruel world of politics. I intend to devote myself to public service in whatever ways I can but especially in the world of suicide prevention.

“At this incredibly difficult time for my family, we ask that the media respects our privacy and lets us grieve my beloved Rose, the best person I ever met.”

“At this incredibly difficult time for my family, we ask that the media respects our privacy and lets us grieve my beloved Rose, the best person I ever met.”

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