BBC host savages Lisa Nandy over Grant Shapps lobbying attack Wheres your evidence!?

Labour's Lisa Nandy talks Conservative sleaze on Radio 4

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Labour’s Shadow Foreign Secretary Lisa Nandy has been put on the spot over allegations of sleaze aimed at Conservative Minister Grant Shapps. Mr Shapps, a keen pilot, is accused of using taxpayers’ money to lobby the Government on behalf of private airports. BBC Today programme host Nick Robinson demanded to hear the Labour Party’s evidence for claims Mr Shapps was guilty of a “total breach of integrity and decency in public office.”

Ms Nandy told the BBC’s Today programme: “I think we just like most of the public were just absolutely fed up with the series of revelations that are coming out about the Conservative Party in the way in which the Prime Minister appears to think that the rules don’t apply to him and his friends.

It seems that there are a number of members of the Cabinet who think that they can use their privileged position for private gain.

You know, there’s never been a suggestion that people can’t, can’t work can’t have income, but we’ve had a series of revelations over the last few weeks including, don’t forget the Owen Paterson affair at the very beginning of all of this.

Mr Robinson replied: “But hold on Lisa Nandy I asked you about a very specific complaint you made, and having enough, and being fed up, and being crossed, not liking Boris Johnson well, that comes with the job of wanting to replace him at the next election as the Labour Party that is the nature of politics.

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“But you are accusing an individual of quote ‘a complete and total breach of integrity and decency in public office’.

“What evidence you’ve got the Grant Shapps has behaved in that way?”

Ms Nandy replied: “Well, that’s why we’ve asked for a further investigation.

“But I think this is incredibly serious and I don’t think that we should downplay it as just somehow us not liking the Conservatives.

 

Lisa Nandy grilled on sleaze allegations within Labour party

“The allegations that have been made about the Transport Secretary, is that he has paved the way for public money to be spent on lobbying that will benefit himself personally, and work against many of the interests that the Prime Minister has spent the last couple of weeks Cop26 saying that he is pursuing.

“I think they’re incredibly serious.”

The host pressed on: “I put it to you again, instead of saying, can we take a look at this? You have declared in a letter from the deputy leader of the Labour Party, that this is a total breach of standards of integrity.

“Where’s the evidence?

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“I think this is incredibly murky,” replied Ms Nandy

“His department on under his watch and his authorization is spending public money funding lobbying against some of the government’s own stated objectives, whether that’s housing or climate change, and what we know is that because of his own personal and private interests, he has a private…he has his own stake in making sure that those plans succeed.”

Mr Robinson responded: “I guess what I’m asking is do you not, as a politician who one day wants to be Foreign Secretary, have to be rather nervous of just firing off denunciations of people in this hyperbolic way.

“And when I asked you for detail you say well people are fed up and it’s all very murky, and you could say that Lord Faulkner’s facing allegations on your front bench, doesn’t politics just get damaged if people just throw around these allegations.”

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