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Money down the drain? - Alison Seabeck declares an interest

Sue Wilkinson | 16:20 UK time, Tuesday, 15 March 2011

The recent Westminster adjournment debate on Water and Sewerage Charges understandably attracted a lot of attention because of its subject matter.

It also saw the Labour MP for Plymouth Moor View, Alison Seabeck, declare an indirect interest. She pointed Hon. Members to a declaration in the Register of Members' Financial Interests by her "Right Honourable Friend the Member for Greenwich and Woolwich" - aka her partner, former Labour minister, Nick Raynsford.

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On the face of it, barely a matter of even passing interest. But just a few days earlier, the Parliamentary Standards Commissioner had ordered her to apologise to the House for failing to disclose another of Mr Raynsford's interests.

This had arisen from a debate on fire prevention; the interest in question being Mr Raynsford's presence on the board of the Fire Protection Agency.

The precise nature of Mr Raynsford's interests in matters aquatic, however, remained undisclosed - notwithstanding some jocular probing from St Ives MP, Andrew George.

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I direct hon. readers of this blog, or at least those still sufficiently curious, to the parliamentary Register of Members' Financial Interests.

Comments

  • Comment number 1.

    Maybe Alison should be fighting the incinerator on behalf of her constituents rather than looking after her own interests?

    Please Alison raise this issue in parliament, get it stopped for the sake of our community our health our taxes and the good of the community!

 

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