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Tory MP 'offered pass for cash'

Tory MP Patrick Mercer has been accused of breaking Parliamentary rules by tabling parliamentary questions for a fake lobby firm and offering a Commons pass in return for cash. Mercer said he was taking legal advice and will step down in 2015.

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Patrick Mercer to resign the Tory whip

56-year-old Conservative MP Patrick Mercer Credit: Conservative Party

Conservative MP Patrick Mercer has announced he is resigning the Conservative whip.

Mr Mercer told The Times he did not plan to join UKIP or any other party, and would stand down at the next election, but declined to give a reason for his decision.

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