Two peers face months-long suspensions from House of Lords over lobbying claims about their work for hand sanitiser firm and company offering ‘eco-friendly’ cremations
- Earl of Shrewsbury and Baroness Goudie found to have breached conduct rules
- They are facing months-long suspensions from House of Lords over lobbying
- Fellow peers will be asked to vote to approve the sanctions early next month
Two peers are facing months-long suspensions from the House of Lords over lobbying claims.
Both the Earl of Shrewsbury and Labour’s Baroness Goudie are set to be barred from Parliament after being found to have breached rules.
The Lords’ sleaze watchdog recommended a nine-month suspension for Lord Shrewsbury and a six month suspension for Lady Goudie.
Fellow peers will be asked to vote to approve the sanctions early next month.
In unrelated cases, both were found to have breached rules on providing parliamentary advice in return for payment.
Two peers are facing months-long suspensions from the House of Lords over lobbying claims
Both the Earl of Shrewsbury and Labour’s Baroness Goudie are set to be barred from Parliament after being found to have breached rules
Lord Shrewsbury, one of the remaining 92 hereditary peers in the Lords, was paid around £57,000 by a company called SpectrumX between June 2020 and January this year.
During the Covid pandemic, the firm was seeking regulatory approval for various sanitiser products, including hand sanitisers and a walk-in disinfectant tunnel.
A report found that Lord Shrewsbury offered to provide ‘parliamentary advice and other matters’ to the firm and directly approached ministers and officials in a bid to promote their products.
It was found the 69-year-old had breached rules on ‘exercising parliamentary influence’ and ‘providing parliamentary advice of services’ in return for payment.
It has been recommended that Lord Shrewsbury be suspended from the Lords for nine months.
In a separate case, Lady Goudie was investigated over claims she had lobbied fellow parliamentarians and Government departments on behalf of a firm, ecoLegacy Ltd, seeking regulatory approval for an eco-friendly cremation alternative.
A report found the 76-year-old had breached rules by failing to promptly register her financial interest in the company and by seeking to profit from being a peer by providing parliamentary advice or services.
She was also found to have breached rules on the use of facilities by offering to reserve a room in Parliament for ecoLegacy to engage with parliamentarians, as well as by commissioning research from Lords staff.
The complaint about Lady Goudie related to her conduct between June 2016 and January 2017, but was only lodged in July this year.
It has been recommended that she be suspended from the Lords for six months.
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