Lindsay Hoyle orders review into access given to former members

Speaker hits out at ex-MPs’ Commons passes: Lindsay Hoyle orders review into access given to former members after they step down

The Commons Speaker has demanded an end to the practice of handing parliamentary passes to ex-MPs who work as lobbyists.

Sir Lindsay Hoyle has ordered a review into the privileged access rights afforded to former members after they step down.

It comes after the Daily Mail revealed that disgraced Owen Paterson will be entitled to a pass so he can continue roaming the corridors of power, even though he is no longer an MP.

Parliament Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle, pictured, has ordered a review into the privileged access rights afforded to former members after they step down

Some 283 former MPs have passes that give them continued entry, including to Parliament’s restaurants and bars, without being required to register their financial interests, as sitting MPs and peers have to do.

However, they are barred from lobbying under Commons rules.

Passholders include Sir Michael Fallon, the former defence secretary who is deputy chairman of an oil firm; Michael Dugher, a former Labour MP who is chief executive of the Betting and Gaming Council; and Sir Nick Clegg, the former deputy prime minister who is head of global affairs at Facebook.

Anti-sleaze campaigners warned the cards given to ex-parliamentarians ‘needlessly place temptation in their way’.

Sir Lindsay last night announced a review into the passes that will conducted by Sir Charles Walker, the Tory chairman of the Commons administration committee.

The Speaker said: ‘If you’re a lobbyist, I don’t think it is right [you] should have a pass to this House.’

Sir Alistair Graham, former chairman of the committee on standards in public life, said there was no way to know whether ex-MPs were using the passes for lobbying.

He said: ‘I am totally opposed to these passes.

Once you have left Parliament – whether as a minister or an MP – that should be that and you not have any special privileges of access because it does encourage lobbying.’

A close friend of Mr Paterson says he does not plan to apply for a Commons pass.

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