UK scandal: Tory MPs offered to work in a private shell company for $11,800 a day

The scandal affects two former ministers and two deputies, all of whom are “conservatives”. UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor/Handout via Reuters

Two former Conservative ministers and two current MPs in Cabinet British Parliament He was offered work at a fake Korean company, set up by a group of activists, for 10,000 pounds ($11,861) a day, according to an investigation revealed on Sunday.

Although in principle Displaying a bogus company is not against the lawa group led by the donkeys (“Led by the Donkeys”) wanted to highlight the frequent incompatibilities in their interests of which British legislators are accused.

Kwasi Quarting, former Chancellor of the Exchequer, and Matt Hancock, former Minister of HealthAnd they answered that expenses To travel to South Korea to participate in the so-called Hanseong Consulting meetings 10,000 pounds a day ($11,861).

Matt Hancock, the former health secretary, responded that his travel fee to South Korea to participate in Hanseong Consulting’s alleged meetings would be £10,000 per day (US$11,861). Steve Parsons/PAWire/Pool via Reuters/file photo

two other deputy governors, Graham Brady – Leader of the Parliamentary Group – and Stephen HammondThey also agree to work for the fake company, though in the former’s case for a sum 6,000 pounds a day ($7,332).

Led by the donkeys, he sent a total of 20 emails to members of the House of Commons, both Tories and opposition Labor and Liberal Democrats: 12 didn’t reply, two declined, another expressed interest and then withdrew it, and five others agreed to an exploratory interview.

In the video call with an alleged company executive that the group posted on social media, Quarting suggested charging £10,000 ($11,861) a day after the woman told him rates usually ranged from £8,000 to £12,000 ($8,626 to $12,939).

Kwasi Quarting also said the fee to travel to South Korea to participate in the alleged Hanseong Consulting meetings would be £10,000 per day ($11,861). Kirsty Wigglesworth / Associated Press

Quarting came under fire in the five weeks he headed economics at executive Liz Truss, from September to October 2022, after his tax-cut plan unleashed a financial storm that sent the pound plummeting.

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Similarly, Hancock, who quit after breaking social distancing rules in an affair with a co-worker revealed to the press, replied that his wages would be £10,000 ($11,861). When asked by the alleged person responsible.

Controversy has raged in recent months about the parallel functions exercised by deputies outside their legislative activity, which the Labor Party intends to restrict if it wins the upcoming elections.

Graham Brady – the leader of the parliamentary caucus – agreed to work for the bogus company, although in his case on 6,000 pounds a day ($ 7,332). Photograph: Toby Melville/Reuters

The British media, covering today the controversy with Hancock and Kwarteng, also highlights the questions raised by the deputies’ intransigence upon finding out about the supposed company interested in them, which had only a rudimentary web page as the sole evidence of this. existence.

A Hankook spokesperson said so “The failed attempt to arrest” the MP shows that he acted “within the letter and spirit of the law”, and argued that he was “entirely expected” to consider his future, as he planned to give up his seat in the future. The election.

For his part, Brady indicated that he made it clear in his interview that any agreement must be “transparent” and that he would only accept something that would fit the code of conduct governed by parliamentarians.

(with information from EFE)

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