Tory MPs threaten mutiny to stop sleaze watchdog kicking Owen Paterson out of Parliament

TORIES are threatening mutiny to stop the sleaze watchdog kicking MP Owen Paterson out of Parliament for 30 days.

Allies of the ex-Cabinet minister are fighting for his career after standards czar Kathryn Stone found he inappropriately lobbied for two companies.

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Tories are threatening mutiny to stop the sleaze watchdog kicking MP Owen Paterson out of Parliament for 30 days[/caption]

She ordered him to be barred from the Commons for 30 sitting days, which could trigger a by-election in his North Shropshire seat.

In the latest twist, his allies are drumming up support among Tory MPs to vote down the watchdog’s findings in the Commons on Wednesday.

One Cabinet minister said: “Ms Stone has lost the confidence of MPs. Many think it is unfair.”

Allies of Mr Paterson are anxiously waiting to hear if No 10 will give the nod to Tory MPs to vote down the report.

Mr Paterson has said the investigation was unfair and helped drive his wife, Rose, to suicide.

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