nobody movie_Priti Patel went to the Bond premiere because the spy movie is ‘connected to her job’.

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Top Tory Michael Ellis told a committee of MPs the Home Secretary attended the event in a ministerial capacity because “the nature of the film … is linked to executive functions”.

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Bryant asks why Priti Patel accepted Bond premiere tickets

Priti Patel attended a James Bond film premiere as a minister because she is responsible for spies, two senior Tories have suggested.

During a committee hearing on updating the code of conduct for MPs, MPs grilled Commons leader Mark Spencer and Cabinet minister Michael Ellis over the luxury giveaway.

They were asked why Mrs Patel had not registered the gift as an MP but as a Minister.

MPs must register all freebies – including their value – with the authorities of the House of Commons within 28 days.

But if they accept a ticket as part of their ministerial role, they don’t have to declare the value and have three months to register.

Ms Patel added the star-studded event, where she was a guest of the Jamaican Tourist Board, to her list of ministerial statements.

Mr Spencer said: “It is quite correct, I suspect, and I suggest that she was invited as Home Secretary…”

Priti Patel at the premiere of No Time To Die at the Royal Albert Hall
Bond star Daniel Craig at the glamorous event
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Pressed by Standards Committee chair Chris Bryant about what the event had to do with her role as Home Secretary, Ellis said, “One could argue that the nature of the film is tied to executive functions.”

When his response elicited laughter from the committee members, Mr Ellis continued: “It is up to you, however. Regardless of individual cases.”

A spokesman for Ms Patel said the tickets were “declared in the usual way”.

As Home Secretary, Mrs Patel heads MI5.

foreign minister Liz Truss runs MI6, for which the fictional Mr Bond works. Ms Truss also explained the tickets as a minister rather than an MP.

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Mr Ellis said the introduction of new anti-discrimination rules for MPs could have a “chilling effect” on the debate.

Asked whether it was possible to make “explicit” in the descriptors of the principles of public life or in the rules for MPs that misogyny was “not okay”, he warned against stifling “legitimate” conversations.

He told MPs: “The reality is that if you claim that there should be a new requirement to demonstrate anti-discriminatory attitudes, explicitly or more explicitly, the balance has to be struck when you start going further than it is already clear. ..one must consider the chilling effect…unknowingly on debate that could be effected.

“As the Chair said… no one wants to stifle legitimate debates, even rowdy, robust debates, even… politically contentious issues where people speak out in obnoxious ways because it’s important to our democracy that people don’t feel intimidated by their opinions.” to express.”

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