West Suffolk: MP Matt Hancock apologises after misusing House of Commons stationery

West Suffolk MP Matthew Hancock

West Suffolk MP Matthew Hancock - Credit: Archant

West Suffolk MP and Business Minister Matt Hancock has apologised and repaid more than £1,600 after admitting misusing House of Commons stationery for party political purposes, breaching House rules.

The Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards, Kathryn Hughes, upheld a complaint that the West Suffolk MP used pre-paid envelopes and House of Commons notepaper to circulate a letter to his constituents trumpeting the Government’s achievements, along with a questionnaire seeking their views on a range of issues.

She said that Mr Hancock has now agreed to repay £1,674 to the House of Commons for the 3,100 envelopes and 6,200 sheets of notepaper used in the mailshot.

In a letter to the commissioner, Mr Hancock apologised for what he said was an “unintentional” breach of the rules.

“I am very sorry that I have been found to have breached the rules and I fully respect your judgment in coming to that conclusion,” he said.