Conservative MP Patrick Mercer has announced he will resign the party whip and not stand in the next election over allegations that he lobbied on behalf of Fiji.
ITV News Deputy Political Editor Chris Ship reports:
The MP asked two parliamentary questions about Fiji's suspension from the Commonwealth on May 16 and 20 of this year.
Parliamentary records show that on May 16 he asked the Foreign Secretary:
- What discussions his department has had with the government of Fiji about that country's human rights record
- What discussions his department has had with the government of Fiji about the status of Fiji within the Commonwealth
- What discussions his department has had with the government of Fiji about the effects on Fiji of its suspension from the Commonwealth
- What his policy is on the readmission of Fiji to the Commonwealth; and if he will make a statement
Then on May 20 he asked the Foreign Secretary:
- What assessment he has madeof the UK's investment in public transport in Fiji; and if he will make astatement
The Telegraph also alleges that Mr Mercer put down an Early Day Motion, used by MPs to draw attention to particular issues they want raised.