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Tories accused of a ‘smear campaign’ to distract from the sleaze row over claims MPs were drunk on Armistice trip

11th Nov 21 2:32 pm

The row over three MPs allegedly being drunk on an official flight to Gibraltar has intensified as the Tories have been accused of a “smear campaign” to distract from the sleaze row which has gripped the Conservatives.

Three MPs who were on a British Airways flight and were travelling to Gibraltar on an official visit, have been accused of being so drunk.

Labour MP Charlotte Nichols was taken of the plane in a wheelchair as it was claimed she became “incapacitated through drink” and it was further alleged that she was taken to her hotel “for her own safety.”

The trio flew to Gibraltar as part of a group to the Rock to mark Armistice Day.

Conservative MP James Gray, who runs the Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme (AFPS) who co-ordinated the trip said he had heard of the trio being named in reports and that they had “imbibed too much.”

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said, “The armed forces scheme is an opportunity for both parliamentarians and the military to understand each other.

“This behaviour puts military personnel in a difficult position and risks undermining respect for Parliament.”

Two SNP MPs, Drew Hendry and David Linden who were also allegedly drunk on the flight, have both denied the “false” allegations.

They have both accused the Tories of whipping up a “smear campaign” to distract from the ongoing sleaze row with Owen Patterson.

Hendry said on social media, “It’s deeply disappointing that Tory MPs have made false claims in a shameless attempt to divert attention from the Tory corruption scandal engulfing Westminster.

“That is a matter for their conscience.

“I’ll focus on doing my job and respecting our troops as we mark Armistice Day.”

Glasgow East MP, Linden said on social media, “Incredibly disappointed by what appears to be a bizarre Tory smear campaign in the media tonight but I’ll leave the politics to others.”

An SNP spokesman repeated that the suggestions of impropriety were “false.”

He added, “Drew Hendry MP and David Linden MP were honoured to be invited to this important event and attended all engagements, including the welcome meeting and dinner shortly after landing.

“Instead of trying to divert attention from the Tory corruption scandal engulfing Westminster, Ben Wallace should be apologising for his role in it, including voting to get Owen Paterson off the hook.”

Business Minister Paul Scully reminded MPs of their responsibility to show leadership while in office.

Scully was asked on Times Radio whether it was a “good look” for MPs to allegedly be “drunk” on a flight to mark Remembrance Day.

Scully said, “No, it is not.

“We’ve got to show responsibility. We are leaders.

“We, all 650 MPs are leaders in their own right, and are to be held to a high standard.

“Clearly, with the armed forces over there, we’ve got to show our leadership… and our respect to our armed forces as well.”

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