Neill Committee: Michael Watson, former director of PS
Communications Consultants and now a member of the Scottish parliament,
rejected the idea of a statutory code for lobbyists this week, saying it
would ’give them greater status than warranted’.
Giving evidence at the Neill Committee’s investigation into lobbyists,
Watson praised the Scottish Parliament system, where MSPs who do not
declare interests are liable to face criminal charges.
Watson was echoing evidence given to the committee last week by Neil
Hamilton, the disgraced former Tory MP. Hamilton who said parliamentary
self-regulation, whereby MPs are tried by their peers was bound to be
unjust and that he should have been tried in the courts.