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Who’s been eating dinner with your MP?

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As part of its slow, painful crawl towards transparency and accountability, the UK Parliament has just published a list of “Functions and Events” hosted by MPs with help from the House of Commons Banqueting Office over the last five years. A surprising number of these involved the “controversial” (a helpful euphemism if ever there was one) global weapons manufacturer BAE.

The following MPs have all hosted events at the House of Commons on behalf of this unconventional operator:

David Borrow (Labour), David Crausby (Labour), Patricia Hewitt (Labour), Michael Jack (Conservative), Diana Johnson (Labour), Kevan Jones (Labour), Sarah McCarthy-Fry (Labour), Keith Simpson (Conservative) and Rachel Squire (Labour).

Update – BAE admits criminal charges and is fined £280 million…

Written by Richard Wilson

February 4, 2010 at 4:34 pm

Posted in Don't Get Fooled Again

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  1. There is the little matter of Bae being a MAJOR employer in the UK. Surely MPs should be looking after the interests of their constituents, and wining and dining Bae surely fits into this category.

    Laurence Marshall

    February 4, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    • So you reckon that they’d employ fewer staff if MPs didn’t wine and dine them?

      Richard Wilson

      February 4, 2010 at 8:13 pm

  2. I suggest you map the areas the MP’s represent and see if there is a correlation between BAE manufacturers (and perhaps major subcontractors)


    February 4, 2010 at 11:56 pm

  3. You should check who paid – it’s generally not the host MP’s responsibility to foot the bill. They usually respond to a request from an organisation based in their constituency, and just give their time and lend their name to the event.


    February 5, 2010 at 12:34 am

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