UK parliament hit by lobbying scandal


The Indian Express
June 2, 2013

Britain’s cash-for-questions row on Sunday got murkier as it claimed the scalp of three peers who have been accused of agreeing to carry out parliamentary work for money offered by undercover reporters.

Labour party suspended Lord Jack Cunningham, the former Cabinet minister, and Lord Brian Mackenzie of Framwellgate, the former police chief. Lord John Laird resigned the Ulster Unionist whip and has also referred himself to the House of Lords sleaze watchdog.

Undercover ‘Sunday Times’ reporters, posing as a South Korean solar energy company, secretly filmed Lord Cunningham, Lord Mackenzie and Lord Laird as they revealed their readiness to wield their influence in the halls of power to paying clients, escalating what is being referred to as ‘cash-for-questions’ row.

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