MPs 'need ethics training'

MPs and peers should be given "ethics training" to help them avoid abusing their positions, according to a report by the anti-sleaze watchdog.

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Call for increased transparency over lobbying perks

A report today by anti-sleaze watchdog has urged MPs and peers for "more timely and detailed disclosure" about contacts with lobbyists and the hospitality they provide.

The Committee on Standards in Public Life added that published information should include meeting dates, attendee details and "meaningful descriptors of subject-matter" and should be be published on the internet within a month.

We have concluded that a package of measures is urgently required to deliver a greater culture of openness and transparency around lobbying; provide greater clarity for public office holders on the standards expected of them; and to reassure the public that a more ethical approach to lobbying is actively being applied by all those individuals and organisations involved in lobbying.

– Committee on Standards in Public Life

Anti-sleaze watchdog: MPs 'need ethics training'

An anti-sleaze watchdog has called on MPs and peers to be given "ethics training" to help them avoid abusing their positions.

MPs and peers should be given "ethics training" to help them avoid abusing their positions, according to a sleaze watchdog. Credit: PA

A report by the Committee on Standards in Public Life published today address concerns around lobbying.

Chairman Lord Paul Bew said people needed to know that vested interests were not having undue influence over decision-makers following a series of scandals.

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