Former ministers are being allowed to cash in with impunity on their contacts and insider knowledge, a damning report from MPs warns today. They called for strict new rules to curb the 'revolving door' that has seen a string of politicians walk straight into highly-paid jobs linked to their old areas of responsibility. The committee also drew attention to the number of former MPs and ministers employed by the nuclear industry, including Jack Cunningham, Ian McCartney, Richard Caborn, Brian Wilson and Alan Donnelly. Saying self-regulation had entirely failed, the committee called for all lobbying activity to be registered and monitored by a tough watchdog.
Daily Mail 5th Jan 2009