Squire quits from Lottery body to stand as Tory MP

Robin Squire has resigned from the National Lottery commission, and will stand down from the board of lobbying firm Advocacy in time to fight the next general election for the Conservatives.

Robin Squire has resigned from the National Lottery commission, and

will stand down from the board of lobbying firm Advocacy in time to

fight the next general election for the Conservatives.



Squire has been one of five Lottery commissioners since the commission

structure was established in April. He has been a director of Advocacy

since 1997, after he lost the Essex seat of Hornchurch to Labour.



He has been reselected by the Conservative association to fight

Hornchurch at the next election, widely tipped to be in spring 2001.



Squire held Hornchurch for 18 years from 1979. He served as minister for

local government and the inner cities, and for schools in John Major’s

government.



’I will be standing down from Advocacy because being a director of a

public affairs firm and an elected member of parliament are, in my

opinion, incompatible. There’s a possible conflict of interest’ he

said.



When selected for Hornchurch late last month, Squire tried but failed to

combine his three roles, resigning from the lottery commission to allow

more time for Advocacy and political campaigning.



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