Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Hutton Signing Debacle is Attracting Attention

The BBC is running with the story of Cherie's suicide inquest signing, but only on Nick Assinder's column. Come on Auntie this is news. My honourable colleague Iain Dale has called for as much of this debacle to be covered by the Blogosphere as possible since the newspapers don't seem to be going for it much. I am happy to oblige. Although I wouldn't refer to it as a gaffe, just as the disgusting crass cash in that it is.

Stewart Jackson, Conservative member for Peterborough has tabled an Early Day Motion. This is only going to get the comments of frontbenchers if the nationals pick it up. I wonder if she signed it in whitewash?


Jackson, Stewart

That this House notes that senior members of the Labour Party including hon. Members and Government Ministers attended a party fundraising event last week at the Arts Club in Mayfair; further notes that a copy of the official report by Lord Hutton into the death of Government scientist Dr David Kelly, signed by Ms Cherie Booth QC, was auctioned for party funds raising £400; believes this conduct to be in appalling bad taste, arrogant and crassly insensitive in seeking to make money, albeit indirectly, through hawking, as a novelty item, an official Government report into the death of a public servant; regrets the distress caused to the family and friends of the late Dr Kelly; calls on the Labour Party to apologise for such tasteless and offensive conduct and to donate the money raised to an appropriate charity; and deprecates such conduct by hon. Members.

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