Monday, 20 October 2008

Murphy's Law.

Given Mr Murphy's recent appointment as Secretary of State for Scotland, Mr Smith is reminded of a story detailing an incidence of the breaking of parliamentary rules by Mr Murphy in the run up to the 2005 General Election. Perhaps an insight into Mr Murphy's direct approach to Scottish politics as befits a former "Special Prokects" officer for the Scottish Labour Party.

"Jim Murphy, the Labour MP for Eastwood, used public funds to promote Labour’s record in government to the Islamic community in East Renfrewshire, amid fears of an anti-Labour backlash over the war in Iraq. Murphy, who is responsible for ensuring high personal standards among other MPs, admitted breaking the rules after a rival SNP candidate reported the matter to House of Commons authorities. Following an inquiry, he was forced to refund the cost of the Commons stationery and first-class post-paid envelopes that he had used."

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