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It started when an investigation by Parliamentary Standards Commissioner Kathryn Stone found that former Northern Ireland Sec. Owen Paterson had repeatedly approached officials on behalf of two companies that were paying him more than £100,000. He protested his innocence. Boris Johnson first tried to shield Paterson from the lobbying charge.
It was Lord Sydenham remarked: “What we have done, by concessions not to the Jewish people but to a Zionist extreme section, is to start a running sore in the East.