MPs act to stamp out leaks to media

MPs are proposing to bring sanctions against ministers who leak statements to the press before they have been made to parliament, reports Press Gazette.

The procedure select committee has put forward a series of recommendations, which include putting the speaker in charge of punishing transgressors instead of the prime minister. It described leaks as “grave discourtesies to Parliament”.

Conservative MP Peter Bone said: “Under the last Government, it was routine for ministerial statements to be leaked to the press.

“There was a media grid and they were leaked, before a statement was made, in a routine manner. Unfortunately, that has continued under this Government.

“Until we have sanctions against Ministers for leaking, we will never get the problem under control.”

(Source: Press Gazette)

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