Blackburn MP in 'cash for access' scandal

Blackburn MP Jack Straw has denied offering his influence in return for thousands of pounds. The former foreign secretary along with Sir Malcolm Rifkind are accused of offering 'cash for access' to s fictitious company in an undercover investigation. Both have referred themselves to Parliament's commissioner for standards

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Former Prime Minister Tony Blair defends Jack Straw

Former Labour Prime Minister Tony Blair Credit: PA

Former Labour Prime Minister Tony Blair has defended Blackburn MP Jack Straw, saying:

"I have known Jack for over 30 years. He is a byword for being a hard-working constituency MP and parliamentarian.

I can think of no-one who has more dedicated himself to public service.

I am really sorry he has been caught up in a sting operation about a job offer after he retires from Parliament.

I hope that the commissioner will clear his name as soon as possible."

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