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Westminster for sale: part two

Tim Yeo in Lobbygate row

I’m rather late in posting this, but I also worked on this Insight investigation into Tim Yeo, published last weekend on the front page of The Sunday Times.

Yeo, a Conservative MP and the chairman of the influential Energy and Climate Change select committee in the House of Commons, told undercover reporters posing as a firm trying to hire him that he could introduce them to “almost everyone you need to get hold of in this country”.

Although he could not speak publicly for them in the House without declaring his financial interests, he said that “what I say to people in private is another matter”.

He also revealed that he had coached a representative of GB Railfreight, a subsidiary of Groupe Eurotunnel where Yeo is a director and shareholder, on how to influence his committee.

Labour has said that he faces “serious” questions about his conduct after allegations that he had “used his position to further the interests of his clients”.

Since the article was published, Yeo has stepped aside as chair of the select committee  and referred himself to the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards. An investigation is ongoing.

Full text of the investigation can be found on the Sunday Times websites (here, here) or PDF versions of the articles can be found after the fold.  Continue reading

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Gordon Brown is top earner among MPs

I worked on a Sunday Times team to analyse the parliamentary register of MPs financial interests.

Former PM Gordon Brown topped the table, with £588,560 in declared earnings on top of his Westminster salary – but told us that he has donated every penny to charity.

Not all MPs have such lucrative interests. Scottish MP Angus MacNeil earned £800 from 300 hours selling sheep at auction — an hourly rate of just £2.66.

Full article on the Sunday Times website here, and after the fold.

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