Former prime minister Tony Blair came to the defence of Jack Straw, who served as home secretary, foreign secretary and leader of the Commons in his governments, over the cash-for-access row.
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. It is typical of Jack that as soon as he was alerted of the sting against him he immediately contacted the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards and asked her to investigate the case. I hope that the Commissioner will clear his name as soon as possible.
MPs reject proposals for a ban on politicians holding paid directorships, consultancies or trade union roles.
Sir Malcolm Rifkind is to quit as an MP at the general election amid fresh pressure over cash for access allegations.