Left-wing MP Diane Abbott has launched a fierce Westminster attack on
PricewaterhouseCoopers over its auditing of Northern Rock.
The Hackney North and Stoke Newington Labour backbencher has put down an
Early Day Motion on the House of Commons Order Paper – Parliament’s daily agenda
sent to all MPs, Ministers and senior civil servants. The Motion is entitled
‘Accountants, audit and conflict of interest’.
In the motion Abbott runs highlights the £1.3m PwC earned for non-audit work,
which was more than the £500,000 it was paid for audit. She criticises the firm
for failing to ‘indicate any problem with Northern Rock’s business model’.
‘If an accountancy firm is making more money from consulting than from
auditing… then there is a clear conflict of interest,’ Abbott says
She adds: ‘This is not the first time that the audit of a financial
institution has given no hint of systemic financial problems.’
Abbott is pushing government to end ‘this long-standing conflict of interest
issue in order that the public may have confidence in the audit process’.
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