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Editor's Viewpoint: Laws matter, but DUP MP's letter showed nobler motive

Editor's Viewpoint

It is important that the highest standards of behaviour are maintained in public life, and the Parliamentary Standards Commissioner does important work in this respect.

However, it seems ludicrous that the MP Paul Girvan faces an official complaint from an individual in Northern Ireland because he used Commons stationery to encourage businesses in his constituency to support local food banks.

There are times when the law has to be obeyed to the letter, but there is the spirit of a law where the positive outcome should also be recognised. Mr Girvan was trying to help people, and that must be a paramount consideration by the watchdog.

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