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Call for MPs to take "ethics training"

Mon 14 Jul 2014
By Antony Bushfield

The standards watchdog wants to see MPs getting "ethics training" when they arrive in the House of Commons.

The Committee on Standards in Public Life says many sectors in public life implemented training to increase awareness of the ethical standards expected and now claims parliament is lagging behind.

The chairman of the committee, Lord Bew, has raised concerns about the small numbers of MPs going to induction courses which are offered on ethical standards.

Following the general election in 2010 less than one in five new MPs went to induction meetings.

Lord Bew wants MPs to be forced to go: "We need to make sure that all of those in public life are aware of their ethical responsibilities and are prepared to act as ethical leaders. The public expects nothing less.

"Of particular concern to us was the reported lack of engagement with induction by large numbers of Members of Parliament.

"With the prospect of a Recall Bill, which will give the public the power to remove MPs who have behaved in ways that fall short of the standards expected of them, the stakes have never been higher." He said.

But Premier's political editor Martyn Eden told the News Hour why he doesn't think the move would be practical.

You can hear Martyn's full analysis by listening back to Premier's News Hour here.

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