Tuesday 24 February 2015

Jack Straw and Sir Malcolm Rifkind suspended over cash for access

Former Conservative minister, Sir Malcolm Rifkind and former Labour minister, Jack Straw - both sitting MPs - have been suspended by their respective parties after being caught in a sting by the Telegraph offering to sell contacts and lobby foreign governments.

Both MPs have insisted that they've done nothing wrong and have referred themselves to the Parliamentary Standards Committee.

Jack Straw, who has already announced that he is standing down as an MP this year, bragged to undercover reporters about securing a change in the law on commodities in Ukraine for a company paying him £60k a year and changing EU sugar regulations.

Sir Malcolm Rifkind bragged that he could put the undercover reporters in touch with any British ambassador in the world and has now decided to step down as both chairman of the Parliamentary Intelligence & Security Committee and as an MP.

Nigel Farage said "MPs should not and must not act as lobbyists for any commercial interests whatsoever".