A Tory MP who totally accidentally forgot to record £400K of extra-parliamentary bunce, says “It completely slipped my mind.”
Geoffrey Cox had referred himself to the Commissioner in October, as soon as the unfortunate oversight came to light.
Look, I’m a busy QC.” he explained, patiently “It’s a very important role, which rightly takes up a huge amount of my time. I can’t be expected to remember all the petty rules of my part-time MP job. Anyway, I’m not there that much so, when I am, I have to focus on claiming expenses.”
His own Chambers’ website reports Cox’s advocacy as “flamboyant” and “extremely persuasive” but luckily, even though he was speaking slowly, he managed to get through his absolutely sincere apology to the House of Commons in well under a minute.
“Gotta dash now. Busy, busy, busy!” he shouted over his shoulder to the Speaker’s chair; hurrying from the Chamber of the House of Commons, to the much more important Chambers of the house of Cox.