Daniel Greenberg nominated as next Parliamentary Standards Commissioner

MPs will be asked to approve the appointment of Orthodox lawyer to investigate alleged breaches of their code of conduct


A leading Jewish lawyer has been nominated as the next Parliamentary Standards Commissioner to oversee the behaviour of MPs.

If Daniel Greenberg’s appointment is approved by the House of Commons, he will begin a five-year term of office in January.

Mr Greenberg currently serves as counsel for domestic legislation, was a parliamentary counsel for 20 years and counsel in the Office of Speaker’s Counsel in the Commons for six years. Two years ago he was made a Companion of the Order of the Bath.

In a report to the Commons, the Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle said Mr Greenberg had been chosen after an “exacting process”.

The House of Commons Commission was “confident that he has the necessary experience and skills for the role, and that he will bring to it the authority, independence, discretion, and strength of character required,” he said.

“The Parliamentary Commissioner plays a central role in building the confidence of those both within and outside the House in the standards system and the Commission is certain that Daniel Greenberg has the right combination of background and personal qualities to meet this challenge.”

As well as legal works, Mr Greenberg has published books of Jewish interest including one on conversion and a collection of his blogs entitled What If God’s a Christian?.

His recent monograph, Getting A Get, called on rabbinical courts to change the way they handle Jewish divorce cases.

He has previously argued that there should be better regulation of rabbis within the Jewish community.

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