Lobbying bans for ex-ministers to be recommended (report)

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Lobbying bans for ex-ministers to be recommended (report)
Lobbying bans for ex-ministers to be recommended (report)

Britain’s anti-corruption watchdog will reportedly recommend ministers be banned from political lobbying for up to five years after leaving office, as the fallout from the David Cameron scandal continues.

The Sunday Times says Lord Evans, chairman of the committee on standards in public life, will air the proposal in an emergency review of lobbying guidelines to be published on Monday in the wake of the Greensill saga involving former Prime Minister Cameron.

With that controversy sparking intense public scrutiny of the rules governing current and former ministers and other office-holders, Lord Evans’s report will demand an overhaul aimed at preventing ex-ministers using their contacts and expertise for personal gain, the paper said.

The report will “single out David Cameron”, under whom Lord Evans served as MI5 chief for three years, in concluding that the current rules are “inadequate”, and will demand ministers “disclose informal lobbying over WhatsApp and text messages”, The Sunday Times said.
“Single out David Cameron”

Lord Evans’s interim report will also recommend introducing anti-lobbying clauses to the employment contracts of ministers, special advisers and civil servants, as well as a system of possible civil penalties for rule breakers.

Other recommendations including banning ministers “from taking jobs for two years in sectors over which they had direct responsibility in office”, and giving the appointments watchdog power to apply tailored restrictions “including banning ex-ministers from taking certain jobs for up to five years ‘where appropriate’,” the paper said.

The Government would also be made to release details of lobbying every four weeks, rather than quarterly, and regulate the appointment of non-executive directors to Whitehall departments to prevent politicians appointing “cronies”.

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