Former minister denies concealing Natalie Elphicke lobbying efforts

Last week, Mrs Elphicke made headlines by defecting from the Tories to Labour. According to a report in the Sunday Times, she had raised her husband’s case with Sir Robert in July 2020. Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s World at One program, Sir Robert clarified that the meeting revolved around the listing of the defendant’s case post Covid lockdown. He firmly stated that it is not the place of politicians or the Lord Chancellor to interfere in decisions made by independent judges.

Sir Robert expressed his straightforward view on the matter and emphasized that it was the end of the discussion. When questioned about why he did not bring up the issue earlier, he explained that the matter was resolved on the spot and it is now in the hands of the Labour Party.

Furthermore, Sir Robert mentioned that Conservative whips were informed of the situation, as he was discontent with the approach taken and would not have agreed to the meeting under those circumstances. The revelation of the meeting only came to light after the Sunday Times inquired about it.

Sir Robert defended his actions, stating that it is absurd for anyone to insinuate that he acted improperly or concealed information. He maintained that he handled the situation appropriately and transparently.

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