Fresh Questions Over Impartiality
Sue Gray's son, Labour activist Liam Conlon, is vying to become the candidate for the Beckenham and Penge constituency in south London. This announcement follows previous claims that Conlon had boasted about being "groomed" for a safe Labour seat. As a result, Tory MPs have expressed concerns about Gray's impartiality during her time in the civil service.
Tory MPs Raise Concerns
Tory MP Paul Bristow questioned Gray's impartiality, stating that her son's pursuit of a Labour MP seat raises doubts about her ability to remain impartial. Bristow further remarked on Gray's transition from the civil service to running Labour's head office, suggesting a lack of surprise at these recent developments.
Watchdog Clears Gray of Impartiality
In June, Westminster's ethics watchdog cleared Sue Gray of any impartiality breaches, allowing her to take up her role as one of Sir Keir Starmer's top aides. Gray is responsible for preparing the Labour Party for power.
Previous Ambitions Revealed
Earlier this year, it was revealed that Liam Conlon had aspirations of securing a seat in Westminster. He was seen on the campaign trail attempting to unseat Boris Johnson in the Uxbridge constituency. According to a Labour insider, Conlon had been boasting to activists about his mother's involvement in the Partygate probe and his own prospects of obtaining a safe Labour seat.
Beckenham and Penge: A Safe Labour Seat?
Beckenham and Penge is a newly formed parliamentary seat that is expected to be a safe Labour seat in the upcoming election.