Up until yesterday I had a lot of respect for Tony Wright. He's Labour MP for Cannock Chase and Chairman of the Public Adminstration Select Committee. But yesterday he cheapened himself and his Committee. The previous night he appeared on Newsnight and made repeated attempts to turn the fire of the Cahs for Peerages investigation onto the Conservatives. Bob Marshall-Andrews was having none of it and laid into him. Yesterday, despite holding his Commitee Session with Inspector Yates in private, Wright came out to tell the TV cameras that the Police had interviewed more Conservatives than Labour people. If the Committee was held In camera then its proceedings should have stayed private, as Wright well knows.
This investigation is serious. We can all play party politics with it, but for the Chairman of a Select Committee to do so indicates one of two things. Either he's been 'got at' or he has lost his sense of understanding of the role of a Select Committee Chairman. The chairman of a select committee is a spokesman for that committee and it's not their job to be party political. I trust the other members of his committee will remind him of that when they next meet.