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Shadow minister David Lammy faces standards probe over £1,500 Anthony Joshua boxing freebie

Shadow minister David Lammy faces standards probe over £1,500 Anthony Joshua boxing freebie and foreign travel just days after commissioner probe launched into Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer over late declaration of Arsenal tickets

  • MPs must register changes to their financial interests within 28 days
  • But his financial register contains series of interests registered after that period
  • Includes tickets to Anthony Joshua fight at Tottenham Hotspur’s stadium

Labor faces a new ethics embarrassment today as frontbencher David Lammy is investigated by the parliamentary standards commissioner

Kathryn Stone is looking at possible breaches to the MPs’ code of conduct under areas covering earnings, gifts and foreign travel by the shadow foreign secretary.

The probe was revealed in an update to Parliament’s website after Ms Stone opened the investigation on Wednesday.

Under the rules, MPs must register changes to their financial interests within 28 days.

But Mr Lammy’s financial register contains a series of interests registered after that period, including a speech in the US on the invasion of Ukraine.

Tickets to see British former world heavyweight boxing champion Anthony Joshua fight at Tottenham Hotspur’s stadium in his constituency were also filed late, as was a free trip to see an NFL game at the same ground.

And a sum of £3,280 received from the Canary Wharf Group on December 1 for a speech and question-and-answer session was not registered until May 27.

A spokesman for the MP said: ‘David Lammy takes his declaration responsibilities seriously and as soon as this was brought to his attention he wrote to Registrar of Members’ Financial Interests to apologize for the administrative errors in his office which led to late declarations in December last year.

‘He has assured the register that he has put revised systems in place so that declarations are made in a timely manner. We are happy to provide the Parliamentary Standards Commissioner with any further information.’

The MP for Tottenham in London joins Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer in being investigated by the watchdog.

Kathryn Stone is looking at possible breaches to the MPs’ code of conduct under areas covering earnings, gifts and foreign travel by the shadow foreign secretary.

Tickets to see British former world heavyweight boxing champion Anthony Joshua fight at Tottenham Hotspur's stadium (below) in his constituency were also filed late, as was a free trip to see an NFL game at the same ground.

Tickets to see British former world heavyweight boxing champion Anthony Joshua fight at Tottenham Hotspur’s stadium (below) in his constituency were also filed late, as was a free trip to see an NFL game at the same ground.

The MP for Tottenham in London joins Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer in being investigated by the watchdog.

The MP for Tottenham in London joins Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer in being investigated by the watchdog.

Sir Keir insisted last week he was ‘absolutely confident’ he had not broken the rules, as he blamed the investigation on ‘administrative errors’ in his office.

The Labor leader is being probed by Ms Stone, over breaches of rules on earnings and gifts.

A Labor source confirmed the investigation relates to delayed declarations of hospitality at football matches, book royalties and donations to staff from the Just Eat food delivery firm.

The games involved are beloved to include tickets to see his beloved Arsenal play at Watford in March and Crystal Palace the following month, collectively worth more than £2,000.

They were both declared over the 28-day deadline for MPs to declare gifts and payments they receive, under anti-corruption guidelines.

A ticket for a staff member to attend the British Kebab Awards, donated by Just Eat in October 2021, also appears to have been file late, according to Sir Keir’s list of declarations.

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