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Wonga leak MP Justin Tomlinson suspended

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Conservative MP Justin Tomlinson has been suspended for two days from the Commons for leaking a draft committee report.

The ex-minister had shared the findings of an inquiry into Regulating Consumer Credit with a Wonga employee in 2013.

The Privileges Committee found he "committed a contempt" and said his actions "constituted substantial interference" with the inquiry.

The Commons voted to suspend the Conservative MP on Monday evening.

Mr Tomlinson, MP for North Swindon, had previously issued a "full and unreserved apology".

The leak happened when Mr Tomlinson was a member of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) in May 2013.

He gave a confidential draft report on regulating consumer credit to an employee from payday lender Wonga, who replied with comments and suggested amendments to the report.

The MP said at the time that his judgement had "been clouded", apologised and accepted he broke the rules.

An inquiry was launched by Parliament's Standards and Privileges Committee, and in a report published in September, it recommended "that Mr Tomlinson apologise to the House by means of a personal statement and that he be suspended from the service of the House for two sitting days".

"These days should be consecutive and not be divided by non-sitting days or recesses which would inadvertently extend the period of suspension beyond that specified," it added.

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