Gordon Downey

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Sir Gordon Downey (26 April 1928)[1] was Britain's first Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards.[2][3]

The Office of the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards was set up by the House of Commons of the United Kingdom in 1995 as a result of recommendations made by the Committee on Standards in Public Life. He resigned shortly after Trial by Conspiracy by J Boyd Hunt was published in 1998, casting doubt on his report about Neil Hamilton and the cash-for-questions affair.

Sir Gordon was previously chairman of the investors' "watchdog", the Personal Investment Authority.[4]


  1. ^ "Birthday's today". The Telegraph. 26 April 2012. Retrieved 22 April 2014. Sir Gordon Downey, Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards, 1995–98, 84 
  2. ^ "Talking Politics – Neil Hamilton - A chronology". BBC News. October 19, 1998. Retrieved 24 August 2010. 
  3. ^ "Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards: Nomination of Candidate". House of Commons. 2002. Retrieved 24 August 2010. 
  4. ^ Downey, Gordon (13 May 1994). "Flawed PIA nears moment of truth: Former chairman Sir Gordon Downey argues that a new agency would be preferable to the two-tier approach". The Independent. www.independent.co.uk. Retrieved 24 August 2010.