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MoD probes lobbying claims

An investigation has been launched by the Ministry of Defence after former military chiefs were reported to have boasted about their ability to lobby top officials to secure contracts for private firms in breach of Whitehall rules.

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Labour: 'We must investigate grave lobbying claims'

Jim Murphy MP, Labour's Shadow Defence Secretary, responding to reports of lobbying by senior ex-military officers of Ministry of Defence officials, said:

These are grave allegations that have to be fully investigated. We need to know every detail, every meeting and every contact between those recorded in this video and those still serving in the MoD. The Government must have full disclosure about any dealings between these retired distinguished Officers and Government Ministers, civil servants or senior members of the Armed Forces. Specifically we need to know if they have met any MoD officials dealing with any defence equipment contracts.

Britain has a global reputation in defence procurement and it is essential that it is maintained. There has to be total clarity that not a single penny piece of defence spending has been influenced by this type of rule breaking lobbying.

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