ref date:13 Oct 1998 (SI)
Scottish MPs to adhere to tough standards
Members of the Scottish parliament (MSPs) will have a very strict code
of conduct to adhere to in their professional lives
as MSP's. These rules will be far stronger than the lax rules enjoyed
by MPs at Westminster in London.
This is a great move. MSPs must have their behaviour to be seen to be
beyond reproach. Its sad that Blair and his merry men will continue their
sleazy approach to all other business unfortunately.
Henry McLeish, the Labour appointed devolution minister said "The general presumption is that we will have the toughest set of standards you
can find for MPs, certainly in this country and even in Europe. It is not an over-reaction. The
public expect the very highest standards and why not build them in at the start [of the
For once, I think its a bravo for Labour, pity its a double standard though!
The SNPs George Reid said "You have got to stop snouts in the trough at Westminster. Regulation must start
with the MSPs themselves. But it [the code] must be extended to staff as well, an issue
which has not been thought about."