The Daily Mail caught up with the 'revolving door' scandal this morning. But they omitted the main point. Shame. They are trapped by their political agenda into making it an anti-Labour story. While they quoted me at length, they omitted my main charge probably because it involves a Tory.
The body that lays down the rules is chaired by a former Tory minister who sent his CV into the Dispatches programme seeking more part-time jobs. He is part of the problem not the solution. But the Mail's report is useful is repeating the call for a ten year ban. A similar demand was made by troubled MP Dennis MacShane in relation to Baroness Ann Taylor's additional jobs. I am pressing for my select committee to probe the Tory peer who now runs the rotten system.
The Mail report reads:
'The restrictions placed on Lord Mandelson are among the most stringent ever laid down by the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments, which vets the jobs taken up by former ministers and Whitehall mandarins. They represent a potential setback to Lord Mandelson’s plans to follow in Tony Blair’s footsteps by setting himself up as a global consultant.
But critics last night warned that the advisory committee lacks the powers and independence to prevent former ministers from cashing in on their contacts. Senior Labour MP Paul Flynn said ministers should be barred from lobbying and advisory jobs related to their former roles for at least ten years in order to end perceptions that they use their time in public office to pave the way for lucrative careers in the private sector.
He said: ‘The problem is that even with a two-year ban, there will be serious concerns that someone like Lord Mandelson will use his contacts for personal enrichment.
‘People will assume there are strings he can pull and under the current system there is no way of proving what is really going on. Former ministers really should be stopped from doing this kind of work – they should see public service as the pinnacle of their careers.
‘Otherwise the suspicion will always remain that people in ministerial jobs have half an eye on using them as a stepping stone to a lucrative career after they step down.’
A two-year ban on lobbying is among the toughest restrictions the committee can lay down, although it has no powers of enforcement. By contrast, the former defence secretary John Hutton was barred from lobbying for a year, while the former education secretary Ruth Kelly faced no restrictions when taking up an advisory role at banking giant HSBC.
Tony Blair has made millions from advising foreign governments and firms since leaving Downing Street.
Details provided to the advisory committee confirm that Lord Mandelson’s new firm, Global Counsel LLP, will tread a similar path – focusing mainly on work outside the UK, advising wealthy corporations, organisations and individuals."
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1342854/Arch-networker-Peter-Mandelson-banned-lobbying-No-Blair-style-cashing-years-say-MPs.html#ixzz19fU3USpu