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Press Cycle #15 - Solomon Trevitt
#1
”Do Solomon Trevitt’s actions spell the end of this government?” 

This press cycle will be closed at 23:59 on the 15/03/18.

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“Yes. It’s terribly simple. The good guys are always stalwart and true. The bad guys are easily distinguished by their pointy horns or black hats, and, uh, we always defeat them and save the day. No one ever dies and… everybody lives happily ever after.”
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#2
It saddens me beyond words that the Prime Minister and Leader of the Labour Party, along with the chief whip, have removed me from a party I have believed in and supported my entire working life. 

My action of speaking out against the Government was born of a desire to see a future strong Labour Government who adheres to the manifesto it is elected on. The current Government is limping along on life support. The cabinet needs to have the sense that in order to keep the public faith in a Labour Government they need to enact the manifesto it was elected on before all else. 

This means abandoning reforms of the House of Lords and create a senate. The issue I have is the Government has already gone beyond ‘considering’ this or drafting policy - there is draft legislation nearly ready to present. They are ready to make this change as soon as possible. There is no mandate or desire for this change and if nothing else comes from my actions but this government abandoning such madness I will have no regrets.

I am shocked the chief whip, and I assume the Prime Minister, seek to slander me by claiming I abused my postion when in Government. I find it no coincidence this claim has been released now when I am standing against my former colleagues onboard an issue of hugeness constitutional change. 

In my role as Secretary of State I was involved in finalising the appointment of many people who are mostly provided as recommendations to me by the civil service. On occasion I suggested people for roles, where I believed their experience and expertise were suitable for a role.

As the Attorney General says I have committed no illegal act, and the act itself isn’t uncommon. I am not the first, or only, Minister to appoint known people, who have proven themselves, to roles. 

What is worse is I’ve had various conversations with the current chief whip and his predecessor for months about these claims. It was obviously considered acceptable, or damaging to the Government if the claims were shared, as no action happened. Suddenly I go against the Government and these claims resurface - the epitome of a Government playing politics to protect their own agenda. 

If what I did was unacceptable then the current chief whip, and his predecessor, need to explain why they hid that information themselves.
MP for Cambridge (1992 - )
Independent 
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#3
With the firing of Solomon Trevitt for blatant corruption, it is clear that Labour is the party of sleaze, dodgy dealings, and loose morals. The Prime Minister must explain to the House when he knew of the deliberate undermining of Ofsted, the Student Loans Company, the Learning and Skills Council and Ofqual by the former Education Secretary.

The Prime Minister must account for his appointment of Mr Trevitt, as much as Mr Trevitt must account for his actions. Unelected, unpalatable, unsavoury: it’s time to kick out this Government. Britain deserves better than this.
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#4
This government is done. Two cabinet ministers in revolt, a Prime Minister with no mandate from the people and its own Queen's Speech in shambles. Prime Minister Finch needs to do the right thing, visit the palace and ask for an election. And if he can't find it in himself to do that, he ought to resign and find a new no-mandate leader who will. Furthermore, if the Prime Minister is so incompetent that he missed an alleged abuse of power and did nothing, he must explain why he was sleeping on the job. Either way, this mess rests on the Prime Minister and he must take immediate action to address his failures -- that means calling an election.
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If Solomon Trevitt has hired people he is close to, but as he claims, they have "proven" themselves, then he has nothing to hide, and this should have been announced publically. The fact it wasn't suggests that something more underhand has taken place. If Solomon Trevitt has hired people he knew, his friends and colleagues, purely, or mainly because he knew them, then that is, whilst not illegal, is immoral and corrupt. However, if his claims that the government knew this all of these years, and Solomon Trevitt seems to be hinting that the government has released this information due to his abstaining on the Queen's Speech. If this is true, and the government have actually had this information all of these years, and they have released it to tarnish his reputation, or to detract from the issue of the split over the elected Senate, then that means that the government are equally as corrupt. The onus is now on the government to prove that they did not know anything at all until the BBC reported it.
MP For Hexham 1987 -
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#6
No they do not, the actions of one fringe, fired and corrupt individual do not spell the end of this Government. When I became Chief Whip I was handed a dossier full of the accusations levied against Mr Trevitt, accusations which were backed up by evidence. When I confronted Mr Trevitt about these accusations with a letter he declared that he had done nothing wrong, which is where I brought the Attorney General in. The Attorney General concluded that Mr Trevitt had broken the Standards of Public Life and therefore the Ministerial Code, resulting in his immediate dismissal from the Government. It is unfortunate for Mr Trevitt that he chose yesterday to be the exact day that he would decide not to vote with the Government agenda, forcing us to remove his whip as is common Parliamentary Party practice. There has been no cover-up, no slander, this Government and I will cooperate fully with the Inquiry into Mr Trevitt's actions as and when we are required to.
The Rt Hon Sir Dylan Macmillan MP
MP for Bedfordshire Mid (1983-Present)

Leader of Her Majesty's Most Loyal Opposition (1992-Present)
Secretary of State for Energy 1987-1990

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#7
Alwyn Thomas seems to have a new job - Minister of Spin. It is laughable that he has resorted to calling Mr. Trevitt a "fringe" MP. He was a senior minister in the government right alongside Mr. Thomas. So one of two things is happening: either the cabinet is just for show and the Prime Minister is running everything, or this government is in damage control mode and trying to discredit a man that once was seen fit to serve in cabinet. Either way, the claims made by Mr. Thomas simply don't add up. The question now is who's the biggest liar? Mr. Thomas, or Mr. Trevitt? No matter what the answer is, the loser in this mess are the British people.
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I really hope that Mr Kirton is not peddling the lie that corruption is anything other than a fringe of life in public office? I can assure the public that Solomon Trevitt and his appointment of personal friends to positions of power is an incredibly rare occurrence in any Government I've ever worked in or with. The Tories like to pretend that we are playing catch up when the reality is we were ensuring that proper due process took its course. The Attorney General delivered his verdict on what rules and laws had and had not been broken and it was dealt with accordingly. The only lies and spin coming out of this story are the ones propagated by the Tories.
The Rt Hon Sir Dylan Macmillan MP
MP for Bedfordshire Mid (1983-Present)

Leader of Her Majesty's Most Loyal Opposition (1992-Present)
Secretary of State for Energy 1987-1990

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#9
The Minister of Spin is at it again. And while he might try to distort my words, I will not allow him to do so. The Chancellor tried to paint Mr. Trevitt as a fringe member of the government. He was not referring to the activity as being fringe. In fact, the exact quote from the Minister regarding Mr. Trevitt was to refer to him as "one fringe, fired and corrupt individual" 

Mr. Trevitt wasn't on the outside looking in: he was a Minister of the Crown engaging in misdeeds and he was doing it from the inside. And this isn't the first time that the government has faced accusations of cronyism: Elizabeth Tanner was allegedly promising cabinet jobs to Labour MPs for votes during her campaign for the top job. This government has an ethics problem and a transparency problem: Mr. Trevitt and Ms. Tanner's actions make that perfectly clear.
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Alwyn Thomas needs to come clean. He can't just say he was handed a dossier full of accusations against Solomon Trevitt and expect us to accept that. The people need to know things like who handed him the dossier, who made it, and how long it has existed. I find it hard to believe that all of a sudden this dossier has magically appeared at the same time Solomon Trevitt is  having the whip removed. 
MP For Hexham 1987 -
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It saddens me that former colleagues try to slander me in the press and claim they are acting in the countries best interests when they are acting in the interests of themselves. A self serving Government, even under a Labour banner, is no good Government and needs challenging. I didn't just talk to one chief whip, I talked to two, about the accusations against me. Both chief whips didn't act immediately. There was no urgent rush to remove me from Government. Even if I acknowledge the actions claimed against me it was all permitted, as a minister doesn't exist in isolation. I don't simply say a magic word and a person is appointed. Form are filled out, discussions are had by people below, around and above my level. If there was any wrong doing, which I still reject, then it was allowed by the Government and the civil service and they are complicit. 

What is further worrying is it is only when it served a political purpose was this 'dossier of wrong doing' used against me. If what is said is true then as soon as the accusations were made I should have been removed from Government - but I wasn't. If what is said is true then the current Prime Minister shouldn't have been offering me a role in his Cabinet, in an increased capacity, but used the creation of a new cabinet to ease me out of Government quietly - but he didn't. 

It is clear the action against me is because I stood up against a Government that was acting without a mandate to bring about sudden constitutional change that wasn't on a platform I was elected on. It the action not of a strong Government but a vindictive one.
MP for Cambridge (1992 - )
Independent 
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Mr Trevitt will say and do anything to cover up his corruption, he appoints his friends to high ranking positions in the DfE and apparently that is not his fault? Apparently someone should have stopped him? Or maybe he should have read the Ministerial Code and the Code of Ethics before he turned up to work on his first day like the rest of us did? The fact that Mr Trevitt does not see that appointing his close friends and former sexual partners to senior positions in the DfE is corruption and nepotism of the highest calibre says a lot about his character and moral standing.

Mr Trevitt demands to know why he wasn't fired the minute I got the dossier? Because I decided to give him a fair hearing, I confronted him about the evidence, I spoke to former Chief Whips about their conversations regarding the evidence and finally I spoke to the Attorney General regarding the legality and morality of his actions. It was only then that I felt the facts spoke clearly enough to justify the end of Mr Trevitt's ministerial career, by which time I also had to remove his whip for explicitly failing to support the Government in a confidence motion.

Mr Trevitt is a disgrace to the office he held and to Parliament itself, it is corruption like this that has given politicians a bad name in many other countries. He should apologise for his actions, then he should resign his seat.
The Rt Hon Sir Dylan Macmillan MP
MP for Bedfordshire Mid (1983-Present)

Leader of Her Majesty's Most Loyal Opposition (1992-Present)
Secretary of State for Energy 1987-1990

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#13
Alwyn Thomas needs to say how long he had the dossier and how long the dossier has been compiled. 
MP For Hexham 1987 -
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The truth comes out: Labour knew about the Trevitt scandal before it went public. We know this because the Minister for Spin just said "I spoke to former Chief Whips about their conversations regarding the evidence". Past whips clearly sat on this, and Mr. Thomas just accidentally let it slip that they knew all along. This government kept a corrupt minister in their ranks, and only when he turned on them did they turn on him. This is unacceptable, and the Prime Minister ought to answer for his failure to do the right thing sooner.
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With the firing of Solomon Trevitt it is clear that far from being the party of sleaze and corruption, the Labour Party is the party that is quick to take action against individuals that do not meet its standards. Backbench and frontbench Tories alike are lining up to draw far-reaching conclusions, tarring an entire party by the indiscretions of one individual, rather than accepting this for what it is: the indiscretion of one individual and nothing more. As Alwyn Thomas has said, the Attorney General concluded that Mr Trevitt had broken the Standards of Public Life and therefore the Ministerial Code, resulting in his immediate dismissal from the Government. 

Mr Trevitt's actions, condemned rightly by all sides of the House, are now being used as a battering ram against our government of progressive, socialist change that this country so desperately needs. Mr Trevitt is very quick to side with the Tories here and, fuelled by sour grapes, attack the government based on his own actions. Mr Trevitt's words now are nothing more than bitterness, and a vain attempt to keep this story, and with it his relevance, alive in the sphere of public debate. He is willing to side with the Tories and throw the Labour Party, and with it the chance of strong British government, under the bus with false accusations of complicity in an effort to maintain his own integrity. It's a shameful use of his office, and if he had any dignity left he would resign his seat in the House, and give the people of Cambridge a chance to elect a Labour Member of Parliament that they can be proud of.
Barbara Bond, Labour Party
Member of Parliament, Edinburgh South, 2015 - present
General Secretary, UNISON, 2005 - 2014

“Without a revolutionary theory there cannot be a revolutionary movement.” - Lenin
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The simple facts are there is nothing illegal about my actions, and I reject the accusations that I have done anything morally wrong. Recommending people of known quality to roles they will flourish in is not an act of corruption but one of the public good. Look at how our own Governments are formed, backroom deals and supporting leaders and influential members to get a seat at the table of Government, trusting friends and allies regardless of background or ability.

What is happening here is a vindictive Government taking my career, and my work, and destroying it to in order to protect their own legitimacy and distract people from the real issue - that this former Labour Government, as it is only Labour in name only, is going to tear down the unwritten constitutional framework we have used for centuries with out full and frank discussions within or outside of the party. Turning me into a scapegoat won't hide what they are doing now as the people have seen what this Government is capable of.

I have stood by my principles and don't regret or apologise for my actions. I was right to recommend the best people for the roles when I knew someone would succeed, I was right to denounce this Government for playing politics, being undemocratic and acting against the constitution. What is needed now is a fresh Labour Government which can do what John Smith set out to achieve with transparency and agency.
MP for Cambridge (1992 - )
Independent 
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For all his talk about "simple facts" why can't Mr Trevitt see the simple facts behind his statements? He's very keen to talk about democracy and constitutional politics - words he seems to throw about with increasingly reckless abandon - but he's not ready to put his politics to the test and put his money where his mouth is. If Solomon Trevitt is so keen on democracy, transparency, and agency, why won't he stand down and give the people of Cambridge a choice in a by-election?
Barbara Bond, Labour Party
Member of Parliament, Edinburgh South, 2015 - present
General Secretary, UNISON, 2005 - 2014

“Without a revolutionary theory there cannot be a revolutionary movement.” - Lenin
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If the government are so keen on transparency, why won't they say when the dossier was actually compiled?
MP For Hexham 1987 -
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The Shadow Home Secretary seems to be so keen on upholding transparency that he has inadvertently forgotten that the Government have commissioned a full review into every aspect of Mr Trevitt's quote unquote "scandal". It is in this investigation and this report that we will find out everything from the contents of the dossier, to the way in which Mr Trevitt was able to appoint his friends and former sexual partners to senior jobs in the Department for Education, to the process behind the Government's decision to terminate him from the Cabinet.
The Rt Hon Sir Dylan Macmillan MP
MP for Bedfordshire Mid (1983-Present)

Leader of Her Majesty's Most Loyal Opposition (1992-Present)
Secretary of State for Energy 1987-1990

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The behaviour of Solomon Trevitt should come as no surprise to those of us who have become familiar with the New Labour project over the last few years.  The pursuit of power at the expense of any principle is underpinned by Solomon Trevitt's decision to engage in cronyism.   

Whilst I welcome the decision of the Prime Minister to fire Mr Trevitt from the Cabinet, I do wonder why his appointments were not causing concern within Government beforehand.   It is quite clear that Mr Trevitt was abusing his position for the benefit of friends and old colleagues in such a way that they were overseeing large elements of our education system.   

Mr Trevitt's expulsion from the Labour Party is welcome, but it should serve as both a personal and political warning to the Prime Minister.  The Prime Minister needs to ensure that his Ministers have personal integrity and he needs to lead his Government by ensuring that they are acting in the spirit of the Ministerial Code at all times.

But politically, he has to recognise that the Trevitt affair underlines the political bankruptcy of the New Labour project.  It is time that we devolved power away from Whitehall and into local communities, workplaces and homes so that working people can succeed.  We cannot have a situation where the state is carved up into quasi-independent government agencies and bodies which can be rewarded to New Labour cronies in return for their continued support.

It is time also that New Labour restrained its controlling tendencies, created a government of all talents from the party and movement, and started not holding power for its own sake, but using it to transform our economy and society for the benefit of working people.
Labour Member of Parliament for Hayes and Harlington (1997 - Present)
Member of the Socialist Campaign Group (1997 - Present)
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