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THE WESTMINSTER BUBBLE AND SLEAZE

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THE WESTMINSTER BUBBLE AND SLEAZE

Post by Guest on 02.06.13 9:12

House of Lords drawn into lobbying scandal


A member of the House of Lords has become the latest senior politician to be embroiled in the growing Parliamentary lobbying scandal



Lord Laird, an Ulster Unionist peer and former MP, offered to arrange for Parliamentary questions to be asked in return for a fee of £2,000 a month.


During a joint investigation by Telegraph and BBC Panorama programme, the peer said he was prepared to help undercover reporters posing as lobbyists to set up a Parliamentary group, “bribe” colleagues to ask questions and arrange debates on behalf of a client paying him a retainer.


It came as more MPs were drawn into the scandal which has already ended the career of Conservative politician, Patrick Mercer.


Several MPs from both major parties admitted that they had joined an all-party parliamentary group (APPG) on Fiji.


They were invited to be members by Mr Mercer, the MP who took £4,000 from undercover reporters posing as lobbyists, who said they wanted to overturn sanctions imposed on the country due to its human rights record

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/10093806/House-of-Lords-drawn-into-lobbying-scandal.html

Cash for questions again? More always wants More,

Lobbying scandal Q&A: What it all means


Patrick Mercer, MP for Newark, quit as a Conservative after an undercover investigation conducted by The Daily Telegraph. Here, some of the key questions are answered.


http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/10093759/Lobbying-scandal-QandA-What-it-all-means.html

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Post by plebgate on 02.06.13 11:27

These MPs just can't stop themselves can they. Never mind, they know if they are caught nothing will happen to them.

I heard yesterday that Mercer has resigned but will continue as MP until next election. He will get his golden handshake then as he has resigned and not been sacked. How can you resign but continue collecting loadsa for the next 18 months or so.

You really couldn't make this up.

I have said it before but will say it again, Cameron promised that constituents would be able to get rid of any MP if enough of them thought they weren't doing a good enough job. So much for that promise then. Just like all the others. pah.

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Post by Guest on 02.06.13 12:58

@plebgate wrote:These MPs just can't stop themselves can they. Never mind, they know if they are caught nothing will happen to them.

I heard yesterday that Mercer has resigned but will continue as MP until next election. He will get his golden handshake then as he has resigned and not been sacked. How can you resign but continue collecting loadsa for the next 18 months or so.

You really couldn't make this up.

I have said it before but will say it again, Cameron promised that constituents would be able to get rid of any MP if enough of them thought they weren't doing a good enough job. So much for that promise then. Just like all the others. pah.

Agree with your comments plepgate. Didn't Cameron say "the next big scandel to happen would be lobbying" not so sure about that now.

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Post by plebgate on 02.06.13 13:22

Lobbying, affairs all still going on and yet they all promised things would change at the last election.

What I don't get is that these people can refer themselves to the relevant authority. Why can't the chief whip refer the money grabbing barstewards.

UNBELIEVABLE.

Yes Cameron did say lobbying would be the next big scanda CB so why didn't he take measures to make sure it wasn't? Why did the papers have to operate a sting to bring it to public attention?

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Post by Guest on 02.06.13 13:34

@plebgate wrote:Lobbying, affairs all still going on and yet they all promised things would change at the last election.

What I don't get is that these people can refer themselves to the relevant authority. Why can't the chief whip refer the money grabbing barstewards.

UNBELIEVABLE.

Yes Cameron did say lobbying would be the next big scanda CB so why didn't he take measures to make sure it wasn't? Why did the papers have to operate a sting to bring it to public attention?

imo because they are so arrogant and so far up their own backsides they still think they can get away with it.

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Post by plebgate on 02.06.13 13:37

Yep I agree and laugh all the way to the bank at our expense yet again.

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Post by Guest on 04.06.13 11:41

Cash for questions: Lobbyists stripped of Westminster passes


The Speaker of the House of Commons has suspended 80 parliamentary passes in the wake of the lobbying scandal exposed by The Daily Telegraph.


By Holly Watt

10:16PM BST 03 Jun 2013




Dozens of passes, which allow privileged access to the Houses of Parliament, have been withdrawn after this newspaper disclosed that Patrick Mercer, the Newark MP, was prepared to organise a pass for journalists posing as lobbyists.


The disclosure raised serious concerns about security.


More than half of the 80 passes were held by professional lobbyists. The decision was taken by the House of Commons Commission, of which senior MPs including Andrew Lansley and John Bercow are members.


The commission met on Monday afternoon. The passes had been issued to non-MPs by cross-party groups run by the Lords and the Commons known as All Party Parliamentary Groups.


David Cameron is also to address the security concerns by bringing forward new laws to rein in lobbyists

Legislation for a statutory register of lobbyists will be introduced by July, Downing Street announced.

The Liberal Democrats are yet to agree to all parts of the package.

Mr Cameron had faced criticism over delays to reforming the rules after warning three years ago that lobbying had the potential to become a major political scandal.

Although the idea of a register was part of the Coalition Agreement, it was not in the recent Queen’s Speech which meant that it would not have been introduced before 2014 at the earliest

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/10097297/Cash-for-questions-Lobbyists-stripped-of-Westminster-passes.html

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