Dame Margaret Hodge has today been ordered to apologise by the Commissioner for Parliamentary Standards, after an investigation prompted by a complaint by London Assembly Member Andrew Boff.
Responding to the news Andrew Boff said: “Today’s verdict leaves a sour taste. Sadiq Khan has paid his friend Dame Margaret Hodge £9,500 of taxpayers’ money to conduct a review in which she committed a serious breach of the Parliamentary Code of Conduct.
“As an MP of over 20 years’ experience and a former chair of the Public Accounts Committee it seems hard to believe she was unaware of the rules.
“An honourable politician would consider compensating the taxpayer for the costs she avoided by using Parliamentary resources for free. Instead she has offered a dismissive £3.
“The London Assembly was forced to summons transcripts of Dame Hodge’s interviews when the Mayor refused to produce them. This latest lack of transparency casts an even greater shadow over the whole process.”