PRCA code set to ban MPs from consultancies

Members of the House of Commons, the European Parliament and the new Scottish parliament and Welsh assembly will be barred from acting as paid consultants or board directors for PRCA members, according to a revised code of conduct proposed by the body.

Members of the House of Commons, the European Parliament and the

new Scottish parliament and Welsh assembly will be barred from acting as

paid consultants or board directors for PRCA members, according to a

revised code of conduct proposed by the body.



Previously the code merely required that an MP receiving payment from a

consultancy disclose this fact in the association’s register.



Sitting peers, local councillors and members of public bodies will not

have to choose between a career in political consultancy and their

public duties, according to the PRCA’s revised public affairs code of

conduct.



The new code, still at draft stage, requires them simply to disclose

their relevant positions in the association’s register. The code has

been sent to PRCA members for comments this week.



Simon Nayyar, chairman of the PRCA’s public affairs committee, said:

’Technically the role of peers is very different from MPs and MEPs

because they are not elected and not salaried. The shape and structure

of the House of Lords is likely to be revised and at such time, we will

look to change the way in which peers impact on the code.’



The revised code is in the process of being sent to the PRCA’s 170

members for consultation and the final agreed code will be published

after the next meeting of the PRCA’s board of management next September.

It will be accompanied by a register of clients and staff members, to be

updated every six months and available for inspection in the PRCA’s

secretariat.



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