Friday, 10 July 2009

A watch from an Arab Sheik and a trip to Monaco for who knows what

In the short time since July 1 that MPs have had to register their earnings in more detail a few interesting titbits have already popped up.

The register of members’ interests shows John Reid (left) getting a £5,000 trip to Bahrain, paid for by that country’s Government, to meet ministers.

Seems odd considering the former Home Secretary doesn’t have a role here anymore.

Nonetheless, His Excellency Sheik Rashid bin Abdallah al Khalifa of Bahrain still saw fit to give him a watch for good measure.

I always wonder how MPs can hold advisory roles with some organisations without there ever being a conflict of interest.

Labour’s Jim Hood has registered getting £7,500 from Scottish Coal for being a consultant on parliamentary matters.

Meanwhile Tory Tim Yeo (right) had a trip to Monaco paid for by a Romanian company – so far he has declined to record how much it was worth and for what purpose he went there.

1 comment:

alanadale said...

"I always wonder how MPs can hold advisory roles with some organisations without there ever being a conflict of interest."

They can't... and they shouldn't. There should be a rule that bans them having these outside interests whilst they are sitting MP's or members of the Lord's.

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