Ian Greer, the lobbyist at the centre of the cash-for-questions
affair, claims that at least one other lobbying company made commission
payments to MPs.
In his book published this week, One Man’s Word, Greer says: ’It was
usual practice for lobbyists to pay introductory fees to each other
during the 1980s - although our rivals have gone very mute on this
’As for paying commissions to MPs for introductions of business,
although the practice has now stopped, I believe one other lobbying firm
did it during the 1980s’.
Later Greer accuses competitors of conspiring against him saying: ’Many
began briefing the press against us’.
Greer says he made a genuine mistake when he told a Select Committee in
1990 he had made three commission payments to Sir Michael Grylls, which
the MP failed to declare. In fact there were six.
Greer is now running a new company - International Government Relations.