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Crispin Blunt MP: Foreign trips and rule breaches

Crispin Blunt
Crispin Blunt is MP for Reigate

A BBC investigation has revealed that more than 20 MPs have breached rules in relation to registering and declaring overseas trips paid for by foreign governments.

The trip taken by Crispin Blunt, his relevant parliamentary activities and his reply to the BBC are below.

Qatar

Conservative MP for Reigate Crispin Blunt visited Qatar in April 2008, on a trip paid for by the government of Qatar.

During a debate on the Middle East on 1 May 2008, Mr Blunt raised issues relating to Qatar in a speech, without declaring an interest.

Mr Blunt told the BBC that not declaring an interest was an "oversight".

He said: "My speech did not make a specific reference to my entries in the register and it should have done. This was an oversight, but as I hope the context makes clear, accidental not deliberate."

Other MPs who have breached the rules:




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