Shapps in media storm as reshuffle looms
Housing minister Grant Shapps has been caught in a media storm surrounding his dealings with a marketing website.
Mr Shapps founded a business selling software that increases a website’s advertising revenue in 2005, but critics claim it breaks Google’s code of practise.
According to a report in the Guardian newspaper, Mr Shapps operated the company, called How To Corp, under the name Michael Green, to separate his business interests from his political career. He transferred the company to his wife in 2008.
Labour MP Steve McCabe has written to Sir Bob Kerslake, permanent secretary at the Communities and Local Government department, questioning whether Mr Shapps has followed the correct procedure for divulging his business dealings in parliament.
The news comes as Mr Shapps is expected to be promoted in a cabinet reshuffle, thought to be taking place tomorrow. Conservative MP Nick Boles has been tipped to take over the role, and this afternoon it was revealed he has pulled out of an event he was due to attend for the think tank he founded, Policy Exchange, tomorrow.
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