Mark Hollingsworth

Author & Journalist

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.

Chapter 6 MPs for Hire:Agents of Influence: MPs and Lobbying Companies
Chapter 7 MPs for Hire:Ministers and Money Men
Chapter 8 MPs for Hire:Whom does your MP Serve?

© Copyright Mark Hollingsworth 2016