Here’s your starter for ten in our weekend slot where we throw up an idea or thought for debate…
This week saw the revelation in the Independent that there are now 326 former MPs who hold Former Members’ Passes.
The passes allow them access to bring guests into the House of Commons and book restaurants with family in the Palace of Westminster. The Independent raises worries that former MPs may be using these passes to further there lobbying careers.
Former speaker Michael Martin introduced the scheme to allow former MPs to keep up with friends in Parliament but should former MPs have passes at all?
Why should our Parliament be used as a social club for MPs who have resigned or been kicked out by voters and in some cases even committed a criminal offence?