Select committee chiefs land cushy jobs in industries they used to scrutinise


Six excellent committee chiefs from the last rliament have now got private sector livelihoods in industries they used to scrutinise.

The five Tories and one Liberal Democrat are all drawing thousands of pounds working as consultants.

Tory MP Graham Stuart, chairman of the Regulars education committee during the last rliament, now trousers £520-an-hour from lore consultancy TES Global.

Fellow Tory Baroness Anne McIntosh, faculty of the environment committee until May 2015, has set up her own consultancy to offer “strategic warning on food, farming and the environment”.

Farming consultancy: Anne McIntosh MP

A third, Baron God James Arbuthnot, the ex-defence committee chair-man, is now a rt-time adviser to vindication giants Thales Group and Babcock International.

And Lib Dem Lord Malcolm Bruce, the antediluvian international development committee chairman, is a senior adviser to global circumstance consultants DAI Europe. He said last night: “I was delighted to take up roles that make allowance me to stay connected in the development world. These are very much rt-time, monitory roles.”

All four are pocketing the cash on top of their rliamentary y and expenses.

It secures after the Mirror revealed how former Tory health committee chairman Stephen Dorrell had captivated a job with KPMG as it bid last year for a £1billion NHS contract. And ex-energy cabinet chairman Tim Yeo has been criticised over his leadership of AFC Energy. Chairing a limited committee is one of the most powerful backbench positions.

Defence: James Arbuthnot

Fellows pick topics to investigate, grill witnesses and write reports.

Troubled MP ul Flynn said: “It is outrageous there is no scrutiny of this. Frankly there should be a ban of at least five years on these woman taking one of these ‘retirement jobs’. One of the most vital functions of cabinets is to look at commercial interests without there being any suggestion of predispose.”

A Mirror probe revealed on Monday at least 25 ex-Coalition ecclesiastics are earning huge salaries in the industries they were id to manipulate. No 10 said the system has been “tightened up”.

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