The revolving door between public affairs and the Government has
provided plenty of examples over the years of people switching jobs and
frequently taking useful information with them.
Martin Le Jeune, head of corporate ethics at Fishburn Hedges took this
principle one stage further last week as he gave evidence on behalf of
trade body APPC to Lord Neill’s committee on standards in public
Before joining FH, Le Jeune served four years as assistant secretary to
the very same committee, choosing witnesses and drafting the reports
that put fear into the hearts of politicos across Westminster.
So how did he feel about this table-turning situation?
’Strange. I found myself in the odd position of giving evidence to my
old boss. I feel a certain human sympathy for the witnesses, which I
didn’t feel at the time.
’Although the committee members are very nice, they are also very sharp
and you have to be careful what you say to them,’ he says.
This autumn sees the publication of Neill’s latest report, focusing on
standards of behaviour in the recently reformed House of Lords.
Le Jeune predicts the committee will side with him, taking the view that
a broadly similar set of rules should govern the work of peers as exist
already for MPs.