SWINDON North MP Justin Tomlinson is facing calls to stand down as the Minister for Disabled People after he has admitted sharing confidential information with a member of the public in relation to a report while he was on the Public Accounts Committee.
Justin has admitted giving a draft of a sensitive report into payday loan companies to an employee of Wonga in 2013 when he was on the Committee. The Wonga employee then made suggestions to the MP which was then added to a final copy of the report into rules surrounding the loan companies.
This case has now been passed to Parliament’s Committee of Privileges for further investigation after a report found Mr Tomlinson of breaching parliamentary rules.
Although Mr Tomlinson has admitted passing on the report and apologised, a full investigation has been launched as it is considered such a serious offence. Some fellow MPs have said the North Swindon MP should consider his position as Minister for Disabled People.
The Labour Group Leader in Swindon, Councillor Jim Grant, said:
“This is very poor judgement from a MP who has had considerable experience of dealing with confidential information and reports. Can Justin Tomlinson be trusted by the people of North Swindon to deal with their personal cases in a confidential and sensitive way given what has been found in this case?
I also find it ironic that Justin felt so strongly about the need to breach parliamentary confidentiality in order to take action against payday lenders, by passing the report to an employee of a payday lender.”