Cash-for-questions suspensions to take effect

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The suspensions of two Tory MPs who took cash for tabling parliamentary questions are set to be confirmed after a Commons debate and vote tomorrow, writes Patricia Wynn Davies.

The all-party Committee of Privileges has recommended that David Tredinnick, MP for Bosworth, faces suspension without pay for 20 sitting days, while the ban on Graham Riddick, MP for Colne Valley, should last 10 days.

MPs will also debate the actions of Dale Campbell-Savours, Labour MP for Workington, who twice gate-crashed private meetings of the Select Committee on Members' Interests in protest at its handling of a complaint against Neil Hamilton, the former corporate affairs minister.

The committee is examining Mr Hamilton's acceptance of hospitality at the Paris Ritz Hotel, owned by Mohammed al Fayed, without declaring it in the MPs' register of interests.

Mr Campbell-Savours says he staged the protests for a number of reasons, including the presence on the committee of a Government whip, and the committee's decision to call neither Mr Fayed nor Mr Hamilton as witnesses.