Cox claims Tory Whip permitted him to vote remotely

Sir Geoffrey Cox, the MP for Torridge and West Devon has claimed that Chief Conservative Whip Mark Spencer officially signed off his voting via proxy before he travelled to participate in lucrative legal work on behalf the government of the British Virgin Islands, which is currently facing allegations of corruption.

In a statement posted to his website, his first public reaction since a slurry of sleaze accusations were aimed at him in recent days, he said he prioritised constituency work, and that voters themselves would decide whether they were happy to be represented by a “senior and distinguished” lawyer.

“As to the use of the proxy, prior to his visit to the BVI, he consulted the Chief Whip specifically on this issue and was advised that it was appropriate”, he went on.

Cox added that he would be happy to cooperate with Kathryn Stone, the standards commissioner on any investigation into his affairs.