UUP PEER FACES FOUR MONTH HOUSE OF LORDS BAN

Lord Laird faces four month House of Lords ban over 'cash for questions' claims

Lord Laird faces four month House of Lords ban over ‘cash for questions’ claims

LORD Laird of Artigarvan could be suspended from the House of Lords for four months after he was caught offering to do secret paid work for fake companies.

That’s the recommendation of the Lords Conduct Committee.

It also wants the Labour peer Lord Mackenzie banned for six months.

The two men were filmed by undercover reporters from the Sunday Times and the BBC’s Panorama.

They were recorded by undercover Sunday times journalists earlier this year offering to set up an all party parliamentary group to lobby for an Asian solar company which turned out to be fake.

Lord Laird was also filmed offering to get questions asked in parliament.

In an undercover sting, Lord Laird was caught by Panorama journalists offering to set up a parliamentary lobby group for a fake organisation linked to Fiji.

The House of Lords needs to vote to approve the suspensions before they can come into force.

Lord Mackenzie also broke the rule which bans members using the Houses of Parliament to host events for paying clients.

In June, when the allegations first surfaced, Lord Laird said he had “not agreed to act as a paid advocate”

 

 

 

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