Three former Labour ministers have been severely rebuked over revelations about their lobbying activities made by the Sunday Times and Channel 4 Dispatches in March.
The Commons Standards and Privileges Committee today ordered former-defence secretary Geoff Hoon to apologise and said his Commons pass should be suspended for five years. Former transport secretary Stephen Byers, who likened himself to a "taxi for hire" in a sting by undercover reporters, committed a "particularly serious breach" and should have access rights restricted for two years.
Ex-sports minister Richard Caborn was also ordered to say sorry and faces a six-month suspension.
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