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Dame Margaret Hodge breached code of conduct over Garden Bridge

From BBC - December 7, 2017

Dame Margaret Hodge has been found to have breached the MPs' code of conduct, by the Committee on Standards.

The inquiry arose from a complaint about the Labour MP's use of parliamentary facilities for her review of the London Garden Bridge project.

The code states MPs should use public resources only "in support of parliamentary duties".

Dame Margaret said she was "extremely sorry" for "inadvertently" breaching the code.

The inquiry concluded the review had not been carried out as part of Dame Margaret's parliamentary activities, because it had been commissioned by an outside body for its own purposes.

The 200m plan to build a bridge covered with trees over the River Thames was abandoned following Dame Margaret's review, which was published in April.

The review found it would be better to scrap the project rather than risk uncertain costs.

During the review Dame Margaret had held about 20 meetings in her parliamentary office, taking evidence from about 40 people, the committee said.

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