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Ex-ministers get the top jobs

Issue No. 2254

Many former Labour ministers are now working for the corporate sector.

JP Morgan has hired Tony Blair, Peter Mandelson is advising Lazard, and Patricia Hewitt is employed by Boots and Cinven.

According to the advisory committee on business appointments, 43 former ministers have been vetted for jobs since last year.

Twelve of them have been given the go-ahead without conditions preventing them from lobbying government or contacting officials.

The others have to wait a whole 12 months before they can lobby for their new bosses.

MPs who weren’t ministers don’t even have to tell the advisory committee about their jobs.

The ex-banker Lord Davies, who was awarded a peerage and made a trade minister by Gordon Brown in his “government of all talents”, has taken up eight “jobs”.

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Tue 31 May 2011, 18:33 BST
Issue No. 2254
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