Geoffrey Cox will not face standards investigation

The Conservative MP Sir Geoffrey Cox QC has said he will not face an investigation into his work outside of his duties as an MP.

Cox confirmed to BBC Radio 4’s World at One programme today that standards commissioner Kathryn Stone will not open an investigation.

Due to lockdown rules, Cox was able to vote in parliament via proxy while spending weeks in the British Virgin Islands working for international law firm Withers.

However in September, the former Attorney General was pictured attending an online meeting representing the British Virgin Islands government from what seemed to be his Commons office.

MPs are prohibited from using public resources, including Commons offices, for “personal or financial benefit”.

Cox has spoken in one Commons’ debate since he was sacked as attorney general by Boris Johnson last year.

Anneliese Dodds, Labour Party Chair, has written to Boris Johnson asking “whether Geoffrey Cox is a Caribbean-based barrister or a Conservative MP?”, and has demanded an urgent investigation into the matter.