David Blackburn

Brown: No further action necessary over Scotland scandal

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Baroness Scotland has survived. Mr Brown said:

 

"The government takes seriously breaches of this important protection against illegal immigration and as a result Baroness Scotland has made the fullest of apologies and paid the fine.

"In line with the Ministerial Code I have consulted the Cabinet Secretary and, given the UK Border Agency is satisfied she did not knowingly employ an illegal worker and took steps to check the documents, I have concluded that no further action is necessary given the investigation and action that has already been taken by the appropriate authorities and her unreserved apology."

This was not a sacking issue – it was a civil, not a criminal matter. But the government’s chief law officer should be aware of her obligations under laws that she drafted: Baroness Scotland should resign.