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BBC QT audience laugh after Tory MP accuses panel of 'party politics' over Owen Paterson

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BBC’s programme Question Time launched a series of questions at the panel, consisting of Tory MP Paul Scully, Green Party MP Caroline Lucas, Labour MP Emily Thornberry, journalist Tim Stanley and former CEO and campaigner Paul Polman. Emily Thornberry, who has been the Labour MP for Islington South and Finsbury since 2005, stated the latest scandal was just a symptom of the “pattern of behaviour”.

“Also you can see a pattern of behaviour in relation to this Government and in particular the Prime Minister who wont answer questions straightforwardly about how his flat at Number 10 was redecorated, who paid for his holiday and so on,” the Labour MP said.

“The democratic system has a series of checks and balances but at the moment we have a Government to whom they feel the law doesn’t seem to apply to them.

“It is a pattern of behaviour.”

Agreeing with Ms Thornberry, Caroline Lucas added her opinion.

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“If you throw this around all you are actually doing is damaging politics as a whole,” Mr Scully told the audience.

“We see this time and time again, people will use this for a party political point.”

This line stirred giggles in the audience, which was pointed out by host Fiona Bruce: “The audience are laughing when you say that.”

Veteran Tory MP Owen Paterson has resigned from parliament after Downing Street ditched a bid to shield him from lobbying claims.

This has engulfed Number 10 in a sleaze scandal after Mr Johnson withdrew his backing from Mr Paterson.

The Tory MP stated he would step down in a statement: “I will remain a public servant but outside the cruel world of politics.

“The last two years have been an indescribable nightmare for my family and me. My integrity, which I hold very dear, has been repeatedly and publicly questioned.”



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