Author Mark Hollingsworth
Whom does your MP serve – you the voter or foreign agencies, merchant banks, defence contractors, brewers and lobbying companies?
MPs for Hire Synopsis
The Secret World of Political Lobbying
The House of Commons is fast becoming a market-place. There are now 384 MPs with commercial interests, holding 522 directorships and 452 consultancies. MPs are increasingly hired themselves out to the business community – acquiring lucrative consultancies, directorships and shareholdings. Not only are they paid substantial fees, but they also lobby Parliament and Whitehall and obtain potentially useful information for their clients.
In this first ever book on MPs’ commercial interests, the author reveals how MPs are hired, who is paying them, what MPs do for their money and how their links with companies are often kept from public scrutiny. Packed with examples of how MPs face a conflict between their public and private interests, the book discloses much new material.