As of this week I am no longer Shadow Paymaster General. I am extremely proud to have taken over the role from the late Jack Dromey 18 months ago and to have served in the Shadow Cabinet Office Team for 2.5 years. I am very grateful to Angela Rayner, former Shadow of the Duchy of Lancaster, for her support and all that we have achieved together.
In my work as Shadow Paymaster General, I have focussed on holding this Government to account on standards in Government and raised the issue of a failure in standards in COVID PPE contracts, by the former Prime Minister Boris Johnson and several Ministers. We have worked with experts to develop ways to clean up our politics, including a new Integrity and Ethics Commission, cleaning up lobbying rules, ending MPs second jobs and reforming the House of Lords. We must restore the trust in politics which has been so damaged by this Government.
I have also worked on resilience and being ready for emergencies which could come at any time including from a cyber or terror attack, another pandemic or extreme weather events. Together with Labour Shadow Teams and organisations such as the Centre for Long Term Resilience we have held the Government to account and made plans for Labour in Government. We will build on our previous record in Government when Labour brought in the Civil Contingencies Act in 2004.
I will not stop supporting the bereaved Covid families, the work of the Covid enquiry and all those affected by the Infected Blood Scandal.
I would like to thank everyone who I have met and worked with in this role for your passion for making our country better.
I am honoured and delighted to be taking up my new role as Shadow Northern Ireland Minister and to be working with Hilary Benn, Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland.
Here are some clips from my time as Shadow Paymaster General:
On standards in Government:
I raised questions on crony contracts during the pandemic: https://www.fleuranderson.co.uk/no-more-crony-contracts/
Called for an end to the ‘chumocracy’ around this Government: https://twitter.com/PutneyFleur/status/1622949084347654144?s=20
I spoke in Parliament about ‘partygate’ and the lack of standards in Government: https://twitter.com/LBC/status/1468898367862415363?s=20
Called for the Government Ethics Advisor to be replaced: https://twitter.com/PutneyFleur/status/1567547266105212930?s=20
Joined Angela Rayner at the Institute for Government to set out Labour’s plans for an Integrity and Ethics Commission: https://twitter.com/putneyfleur/status/1679464517758070784?s=48&t=fOu1EnDsXkCWMjwi_FZ-Vw
I questioned why Boris Johnson partied whilst we boiled without a resilience plan: https://twitter.com/PutneyFleur/status/1549058444103237636?s=20
I urged the Government to learn lessons from Covid: https://twitter.com/PutneyFleur/status/1599104856979304449?s=20
I raised the need for emergency preparedness to bolster our resilience for emergencies, including cyber threats.: https://twitter.com/PutneyFleur/status/1657022516123033600?s=20
On the Blood Inquiry:
I called for justice for the families: https://twitter.com/PutneyFleur/status/1674434619759005696?s=20
Then followed the Infected Blood Inquiry: https://twitter.com/PutneyFleur/status/1683818598622433280?s=20