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He's been charged with disseminating a terrorist publication and engaging in conduct in preparation of acts of terrorism.
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Accrington firm Senator International has responded to claims about its links with Blackburn MP Jack Straw.
The company said the story in today's Daily Telegraph represented a 'misleading picture'.
The article which appeared today in the Daily Telegraph presents a very misleading picture of the relationship between Senator International Ltd and Mr Straw.
Mr Straw is one of our local MPs and quite properly has been involved in assisting the company in a number of areas.
This included requesting that Government tenders used factory visits as part of the process so there was clarity where goods were manufactured.
None of these have involved lobbying for the company or assisting in procuring government business.Senator has been a long term supplier to government departments for many years.
When it became public knowledge that Mr Straw was leaving Parliament at the next election a discussion took place with Mr Straw to see whether he would be prepared to act as an advisor on international matters, drawing upon his considerable experience as Foreign Secretary.
It was agreed that he would take up this role after the election.
The company regrets the way in which this matter is being presented but will be issuing no more statements at this time.
Blackburn MP Jack Straw said his dealings with Senator International were "within parliamentary rules at all times".
The former Foreign Secretary is facing further criticism after claims he accepted a job with a company he privately lobbied for, which won a £75million government contract.
I have acted in accordance with the parliamentary rules at all times, in respect of Senator International, as in all other respects.
"All of these matters will be scrutinised by the Parliamentary Commissioner, to whom I have already drawn this matter to her attention."
Blackburn MP Jack Straw is facing further criticism after claims he accepted a job with a company he privately lobbied for, which won a £75million government contract.
According to the Telegraph, during an undercover sting Mr Straw talked about privately lobbying Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude on behalf of Senator International, saying he had helped the office furniture firm "get on the ladder" and secure contracts to supply the Government.
He indicated he would probably take an executive position with the firm after the next election. "I happen to have helped them over the last four years anyway. I mean, without taking a penny from that," Mr Straw said.
"But as a result of getting the name out ... they've said would I be interested ultimately in going on the board?"
Mr Straw - who is stepping down at the election - said in a statement: "I have acted in accordance with the parliamentary rules at all times in respect of Senator International, as in all other respects. All of these matters will be scrutinised by the Parliamentary Commissioner."
Blackburn MP Jack Straw has told ITV Granada Reports he is 'mortified' he fell for an undercover 'cash for access' sting, but said he acted with 'integrity'.
The Blackburn MP Jack Straw stands accused of being prepared to use his parliamentary position and influence in return for thousands of pounds.
Mr Straw was secretly filmed by reporters from the Daily Telegraph and Channel 4's Dispatches programme offering to help the business interests of a fake company based in Hong Kong.
Mr Straw strongly denies he has done anything wrong.
He steps down as Blackburn's Labour MP at the general election in May.
Nick Clegg said the cash-for-access claims involving former foreign secretaries Jack Straw and Sir Malcolm Rifkind felt like "Groundhog Day".
"This keeps coming round, " said the Deputy Prime Minister. "Whether there is individual wrongdoing or not, the cumulative effect is to deepen public scepticism about how politics operates.
"My own view is all political parties would be well advised to immediately after the next general election get together and have a look on a cross-party basis whether the rules need to be changed."
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