Sleaze crisis: Lindsay Hoyle is utterly furious – what he could do to punish MPs…

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House of Commons speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle will today use his position to try to save Parliament’s “integrity” amid the ongoing sleaze row at Westminster. He is expected to propose a review of the Commons’ standards process after the Owen Paterson scandal. A review could lead to many penalties impacting MPs including massive cuts to their income.

This afternoon (Monday, November 8) MPs will take part in an emergency debate on MPs standards.

The emergency session comes after the Government’s controversial intervention into the recommended suspension of Owen Paterson last week.

MPs last Wednesday voted 250 to 232 to prevent the 30-day suspension of the former Tory minister.

However, the result of the vote was met with roars of “shame” from MPs in the Commons.

Sir Lindsay is expected to make an intervention today – with reports claiming he is likely to propose his own review of standards rules for MPs.

The Government was forced into a U-turn amid the outrage from MPs who said it was a “corrupt”, “biased” move.

Leader of the House of Commons Jacob Rees-Mogg announced a new vote on Mr Paterson’s suspension would be held on Thursday – just one day after the vote results were revealed.

However, before the Commons vote could be held Mr Paterson quit saying he wanted to leave “the cruel world of politics”.

The Speaker’s review is expected to examine how MPs are able to earn thousands from outside interests.

In return, Conservative MPs are expected to outline their key demands for those found to breach the rules – including allowing the right to appeal to a judge.

Sources close to Sir Lindsay claim he is unlikely to personally intervene into the standards system today, according to The Telegraph.

Instead, he is expected to leave the current standards committee, headed by Labour MP Chris Bryant, to conduct its review before wading in.

It is possible the Speaker will come back with recommendations in conjunction with the committee, but these results might not be delivered today.

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Another punishment Sir Lindsay could unveil is potentially banning MPs from undertaking consultancy work.

The move would be made amid the Owen Paterson scandal under a clampdown on sleaze being considered by the Commons standards committee.

If enacted, MPs could lose out on thousands a year – with at least 30 parliamentarians estimated to be impacted.

MPs could in effect lose out on as much as £180,000 a year from consultancy work, which they earn in addition to their parliamentary salary of £82,000.

Currently, under standards rules for MPs, they are able to provide consultancy work for businesses.

They must record this in the register of financial interests and must not lobby the Government on behalf of any company which pays them.

Mr Paterson was found to have done this in breach of the rules during the recent investigation into his consultancy work.

MPs likely to be impacted by this move could include Conservative MP Andrew Mitchell who could lose out on £182,600 a year, Tory Julian Smith who might lose out on £144,000 and Liberal Democrat leader Sir Ed Davey who could lose out on £60,000 a year, according to analysis from The Guardian.

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