Chris Bryant MP in shock accusation on GMB – 'It is corrupting British political system!'


Labour MP Chris Bryant appeared on Good Morning Britain and accused the Government of “bribing” MPs with taxpayers’ money as backbenchers were required to “beg” for the funds for their constituency. Mr Bryant stated the system may not be completely corrupt but it was “corrupting the system” following the claims from Tory MP William Wragg that he and others have been “intimidated” to back the party. Mr Bryant has been urging MPs to come forward to speak to him about the allegations as an investigation from the police has been launched.

Speaking to Good Morning Britain, Mr Bryant attacked the Conservatives following the blackmail allegations made against them.

He told the programme: “I think that this is misconduct in public office and that is a difficult common-law offence.

“But nonetheless that is a matter for the police and I’ve been urging several Tory MPs who have raised these issues with me.

“I’ve been urging them to go and speak either to the parliamentary commission of a standard or probably, more importantly, to speak to the police because we have to put a stop to this.

“You cannot have the Government bribing members of parliament with taxpayers money.

“You know, funding should be allocated according to need not according to anything else.

“And incidentally, I would say I don’t like the levelling up funds that the Government have introduced because this is based on MPs, begging ministers for money for specific projects in their constituency.

“And I think that in the end is itself corrupting. It’s maybe not necessarily corrupt, but it is corrupting the British political system.”

Mr Bryant was then quizzed further on his accusations of bribery by host Susanna Reid and wanted him to clarify his position.

The Labour MP cleared up his accusation and said: “They say that the Prime Minister said to a Conservative MP you will not be getting, unless you back me, you will not be getting your bypass.”

“I don’t know the precise words as I wasn’t there but this often happens with Boris Johnson, he pretends he knows nothing about it… and then you find out that actually right from the beginning he was in the midst of it”

Tory backbencher William Wragg accused the party of “intimidating” and “blackmailing” MPs who are questioning Boris Johnson’s leadership.

The Daily Telegraph reported Mr Wragg as saying: “I stand by what I have said. No amount of gas-lighting will change that.

“The offer of Number 10 to investigate is kind but I shall leave it to the experts. I am meeting the police early next week.”

Mr Wragg claimed he had several examples of bullying and intimidation which he will share with the police investigation launched.

The MP also made similar claims to Mr Bryant, who monitors the behaviour of MPs, that the withdrawal of investment would be threatened if MPs did not follow suit.



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