Monday, November 09, 2009

Johnson must apologise for misleading the Commons over Nutt sacking – Harris

The Liberal Democrats have formally asked the Home Secretary to apologise to the Commons for misleading statements concerning Professor David Nutt and the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs and to apologise to Professor Nutt for the unfair damage done to his reputation for the incorrect and unjustified allegations made about him.

In a formal complaint to the Home Secretary, Liberal Democrat Science Spokesperson, Dr Evan Harris accuses him of misleading the Commons and calls for him to make a quick apology and correction.

Commenting, Evan Harris said:

“Lord Drayson, the science minister, has now publicly criticised the Home Secretary for not consulting him over the matter and signalled that the Government would endorse a Code of Practice for ministers under which Professor Nutt would still be in his position.

“Yet three days after writing neither Professor Nutt nor I have had a sniff of retraction or apology from the Home Secretary.

“I will now be raising this in the House tomorrow.”

Liberal Democrat Shadow Home Secretary, Chris Huhne said:

“This letter sets out a series of errors that the Home Secretary made in his statement to the House on Monday. He needs urgently now to address those.”

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