Image caption, Jacob Rees Mogg announced the U-turn in the House of Commons

The government has u-turned on its plans to overhaul the policing of MPs' conduct after a furious backlash.

On Wednesday, No 10 backed a shake-up of the standards watchdog and blocked the suspension of one of its own former ministers, Owen Paterson.

It sparked an angry reaction from Labour and some Tory MPs, who feared it would look like corruption to voters.

MPs are now likely to vote again on whether Mr Paterson should be excluded from Parliament for 30 days.

Opposition parties refused to cooperate with the government's plans to change the disciplinary process prompting a hasty rethink from Downing Street.

Commons Leader Jacob Rees-Mogg said the changes would not now go ahead without cross-party support.

He told the Commons there was a "strong feeling" that any overhaul of the standards process should not just be based on Mr Paterson's case, and Wednesday's Commons vote had "conflated" the two issues.

"This link needs to be broken" he added.

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Mr Rees-Mogg said the government would come back to MPs with more detailed proposals after it had held discussions with the other parties.

Another vote will also take place on whether Mr Paterson should be suspended, with the Commons leader suggesting any future changes to the disciplinary process would not apply retrospectively.

Labour's shadow leader of the House, Thangam Debbonaire said she was "astonished" by the statement, as her opposite number had openly backed the manoeuvre by Tory MPs and the government on Wednesday.

She said her party would "look with interest" at any new proposal, but they continued to back the existing standards committee and would not participate "in a parallel process".

The Liberal Democrats called for an emergency debate in the Commons on the issue, which was granted, and it will now take place on Monday.

Cries of 'shame'

The Commons Standards Committee and its commissioner concluded last week that Tory MP Mr Paterson was found to have misused his position as an MP to benefit two firms he worked for.

As a result, they recommended he be suspended from the Commons for 30 sitting days – a sanction that could also leedd to a recall petition in his constituency, and the possibility of him facing a by-election.

Such recommendations – which have to be signed off by MPs – are usually accepted without much discussion.

But on Wednesday, the government ordered its members to vote for an amendment to halt Mr Paterson's case and to rejig the standards system.

Labour, the SNP and Lib Dems voted against the plans, along with 13 Conservative MPs, while dozens of Tories abstained.

But it was carried by 18 votes after a heated Commons debate, to cries of "shame" from the opposition benches.

Image source, UK ParliamentImage caption, Labour's Toby Perkins was among angry MPs on Wednesday, brandishing cash at the government in reference to Mr Paterson's paid lobbying