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Rishi Sunak has said the Government needs “to do better” when it comes to handling allegations of sleaze and second jobs. 

The Chancellor stressed there was an independent process governing parliamentary standards, and it was incumbent for MPs to follow that ”to the letter”. 

But he told Sky News: “For us as a Government it’s fair to say we need to do better than we did last week and we know that.” 

Sparked by Downing Street whipping MPs to save Owen Paterson from a six-week suspension, the row has evolved into a series of revelations about MPs’ second jobs with Sir Geoffrey Cox, the former attorney general, under fire after it appeared that he had used his parliamentary office to carry out external work.

Speaking earlier Paul Scully, the small business minister, declined to defend his colleague. Asked whether he could see that the “optics were not good”, he responded: “Absolutely, I can see how it looks. It is really regrettable that we’ve got to this situation.”

Yesterday Boris Johnson was forced to use his Cop26 press conference to say the UK is “not remotely a corrupt country”.

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