Matt Hancock is among three MPs facing probes by Parliament’s standards commissioner Daniel Greenberg, it has been disclosed.
The ex-health secretary is being investigated for allegedly trying to influence the commissioner’s enforcement of the rules.
A spokesman for Mr Hancock said he was “shocked and surprised” by the investigation.
He added that Mr Hancock denied trying to lobby the commissioner.
The investigation was revealed by an update to the commissioner’s website, which confirmed that a probe was launched on Tuesday.
The website said Mr Hancock is under investigation for potentially breaching a rule in the MPs’ code of conduct that prevents them from lobbying the commissioner in a way “calculated or intended to influence his consideration” of whether the code has been breached, without offering details.
Mr Hancock’s spokesman confirmed Mr Hancock had written to Mr Greenberg “in good faith” to offer evidence for an inquiry he is currently conducting, but did not offer further information.
“It’s clearly a misunderstanding and Matt looks forward to fully engaging with the commissioner to clear this up,” the spokesman added.
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