Ex-MPs barred from House over lobbying sting

Cross-party committee cleared Patricia Hewitt, but found she was "unwise" to agree to meet what she

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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