Conservatives are accusing the Chief Whip of using private expense details to “blackmail” them into keeping quiet about the marriage equality bill. Pink News reports:
Sir George faced allegations from some Tory members who said he had used confidential details of their travel and housing expenses, to “victimise” them. The Information Commissioner, the Government’s official watchdog, has been consulted by one of the MPs, who has lodged a formal complaint against the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) for breaking Data Protection and passing information to Sir George. Speaking to the Mail on Sunday, the anonymous MP said: “Sir George warned me that I should play ball with IPSA, or risk personal financial details being made public. I feel that amounted to blackmail.”
I thought the whip’s job was to whip the party into shape to support the party’s stated goals. Am I wrong?