Yet MORE Corruption: MPs’ foreign visit rules breached

Hundreds of breaches of parliamentary rules by MPs who accepted free overseas trips from foreign governments have been uncovered by a BBC investigation.

More than 20 MPs broke rules on declaring hospitality in questions or debates after visiting locations such as the Maldives, Cyprus and Gibraltar.

The MPs – from Labour, the Tories and the Lib Dems – breached parliamentary regulations on more than 400 occasions.

One former standards watchdog says it shows MPs cannot regulate themselves.

The Conservative Party MPs named by the BBC are: David Amess (Southend West), Crispin Blunt (Reigate), Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West), David Burrowes (Enfield Southgate), Alan Duncan (Rutland and Melton), Liam Fox (Woodspring), Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead), Andrew Rosindell (Romford), Richard Spring (West Suffolk) and Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet).

The Liberal Democrat MPs named by the BBC are: Norman Baker (Lewes), Colin Breed (South East Cornwall), Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South) and Paul Keetch (Hereford).

The Labour MPs named by the BBC are: Andrew Dismore  (Hendon), Jim Dobbin (Heywood and Middleton), Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley), Bob Laxton (Derby North), David Lepper (Brighton Pavilion), Andrew Love (Edmonton), Madeleine Moon (Bridgend) and Rudi Vis (Finchley and Golders Green).


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