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LETTER TO THE SPEAKER ABOUT PM'S LIES

Dear Mr Speaker

We write as leaders of our parties in the House of Commons to express our deep concern that the standing and reputation of the House is being endangered by the lack of truthfulness in statements by the Prime Minister.

As you will know, one of the Nolan principles is that holders of public office should be truthful.  It is also set out in the Ministerial code. We believe the Prime Minister consistently fails to meet this standard. 

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