Document 3: Complaint: Further information Jim Allister QC MLA
Commissioner for Standards. Jim Allister MLA
Room 283, Parliament Buildings. Room 252 Parliament Buildings
6 February 2021
Re: Complaint against Maolisa McHugh MLA
I refer to your letter of 2 February 2021.
I believe Mr McHugh's actions and inactions breached the following rules of the Code:
4.1.1 - in that his complicity in failing to return the £10,000 until public exposure, though he had knowledge of its receipt, amounted to a failure to adequately or at all consider the public interest.
4.1.4 - in that he failed to register in the Assembly's Register of Members' Interests details of his interest in the subject property which benefitted from a COVID grant of £10,000.
4.1.5 - in that he failed to declare in the Assembly Finance Committee his interest in a constituency office in respect of which a £10,000 grant had been paid when the Head of LPS was before the committee on a number of occasions discussing the said payments and scheme.
4.1.19 - in that he failed to take reasonable care to ensure that his staff, when acting on his behalf, took adequate steps to ensure the said £10,000 was returned, not least since he had knowledge of the payment and having regard to the expectations of the rules of conduct.
By reason of the above I believe Mr McHugh failed to conduct himself in a manner which would tend to maintain and strengthen the public's trust and confidence in the integrity of the Assembly and thereby he brought the Assembly into disrepute.