Black Country MP criticises Labour appointment

Stourbridge MP, Suzanne Webb has called the appointment of high-profile civil servant Sue Gray to a top Labour party job ‘extraordinary’ and ‘outrageous’ when she spoke in parliament this week.

Ms Webb took part in an Urgent Question in the House of Commons on Monday about Mrs Gray becoming Sir Keir Starmer’s chief of staff.

The job offer has been criticised due to Mrs Gray heading up the so-called ‘partygate’ probe at Downing Street and over concerns about civil service impartiality. Speaking to the Paymaster General, Suzanne said:

“The whole situation surrounding this appointment is quite extraordinary, and many will say that it is outrageous.

“Does my right honourable friend agree that appointing such a senior and high-profile civil servant to this post under such circumstances is questionable, and does he agree that what is of deep concern is the timing of this appointment and when she was approached? Where meetings were held, the details must be published.

In reply Jeremy Quin said: “I believe that transparency would help. It is important that processes are followed, because this is an unprecedented appointment, and in those circumstances, it is not too much to ask for the details of the meetings to be published: who met whom, when, where, and what was discussed.

“To return to the points that have been raised, it is absolutely right that this is gone through, and that the Labour party publishes exactly what took place.”

Speaking afterwards, Suzanne added: So far, the labour leader is refusing to divulge the important details of what happened prior to Mrs Gray getting this job.

“We know nothing about when she was approached and whether any rules were broken. This is a bad look for all involved and we need answers.”


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