CIPR welcomes Committee on Standards call to ban MPs from paid lobbying work
There should be an outright ban on MPs providing paid parliamentary advice, consultancy, or strategy services a new report has recommended.
Following a review of the MPs Code of Conduct, the final report from the Committee on Standards - 'New Code of Conduct and Guide to the Rules: promoting appropriate values, attitudes and behaviour in Parliament' - includes a package of reforms designed to improve transparency, tighten the rules around lobbying and conflicts of interest in the House of Commons.
The report proposes a tightening of lobbying rules so that MPs can neither initiate nor participate in lobbying Ministers, other MPs or officials for the benefit of someone paying them.
The CIPR has welcomed the report having previously called for a ban on MPs holding second jobs as lobbying consultants.
For too long lobbying rules in this country have not worked in the interests of the public and, as a result, have contributed to a severe erosion of trust in our politics. This final report from the Committee on Standards makes a series of sensible and well-considered recommendations to address that. If accepted by the House, it will improve transparency and provide much-needed clarity to MPs and also to organisations seeking to use parliamentarians as part of their lobbying strategy.
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