Source: BBC, June 2
On Thursday, Panorama will air allegations about wrongdoing in the House of Lords from its joint investigation with the Daily Telegraph. Panorama will be shown on BBC One.
Three peers have been accused of agreeing to carry out Parliamentary work for payment. Undercover Sunday Times reporters filmed the men appearing to offer to help a fake solar energy company. Ulster Unionist Lord Laird, and Labour’s Lord Mackenzie of Framwellgate, and Lord Cunningham, deny wrongdoing.
The two Labour peers have been suspended from the party and Lord Laird has resigned the party whip pending an investigation.
In a separate investigation by the BBC’s Panorama programme in conjunction with the Daily Telegraph, Lord Laird was secretly filmed discussing a retainer to ask parliamentary questions.
The fresh allegations over political lobbying come after MP Patrick Mercer resigned the Tory whip on Friday amid claims he broke lobbying rules. The House of Lords code of conduct says peers cannot engage in “paid advocacy” – using their access to Parliament to make a profit.
The Sunday Times suggests the three peers, whom it filmed separately, may have broken those rules.