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Will ex-ministers lose passes?

Issue No. 2232

The parliamentary Commons Standards and Privileges Committee has recommended suspending the parliamentary passes of former Labour ministers Geoff Hoon, Stephen Byers and Richard Caborn for breaching lobbying rules.

They promised a Sunday Times journalist, posing as a lobbyist, that they could provide services after leaving parliament—for a fee.

Hoon, former defence secretary, claimed he could access confidential information about the government’s strategic defence review.

Byers, former trade and industry minister, said that he was “like a cab for hire”.

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Tue 14 Dec 2010, 17:30 GMT
Issue No. 2232
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