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The Prime Minister has full confidence in Conservative party chairman Grant Shapps, who is under fire over revelations about working under a pseudonym after entering parliament, David Cameron's official spokesman said.
Conservative Party chairman Grant Shapps has said that he "over firmly" denied having a second job as a web marketer while in Parliament.
Mr Shapps made the comment to LBC Radio today and admitted he had "screwed up" during a recent interview with the station, in which he said he never had a "second job" while serving as an MP.
The 46-year-old politician claimed he had made a mistake with dates concerning his web marketing work, which he undertook using the pseudonym Michael Green.
Labour MP John Mann said Conservative Party chairman Grant Shapps should lose his ministerial role following his admission that he took a second job after entering parliament.
Mr Mann said the Tory party chair has "clearly failed" to meet the expected standard of openness and honesty.
"The Government made a big play after the expenses scandal of bringing back integrity to politics and this does the exact opposite," Mr Mann told BBC Radio 4's Today.
"You can't have a government minister who isn't honest and breaches one of those standards.
"That's what the standards are there for. He has breached them and he should go as Minister without Portfolio."
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