In order to raise funds for my local party in the recent General Election Campaign, I made an offer on a Crowdfunding site of a personal tour of those areas of Parliament which are special to me. When I did so, I did not believe I was breaking parliamentary rules, which I had interpreted to mean that what was prohibited was offering something that was otherwise “freely available.” I did not believe such a personal tour was “freely available”.
However, the Commissioner has ruled that this was a breach of the Code of Conduct and I accept her decision.
I would like to apologise for this completely unintentional breach of the rules. The Green Party has returned the money to the supporter who made the donation.