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George Osborne’s father-in-law in conflict of interest

13 January: The Independent reports that George Osborne’s father-in-law stands accused of a conflict of interest as he is an adviser to William Hague while also being on the payroll of a Japanese high speed train manufacturer which could potentially gain from the building of the HS2 rail link

Yesterday’s revelation follows concerns about the business interests of a string of Conservative peers. Last week, Tory donor and academies sponsor John Nash was given a peerage and a job as education minister, while another donor, Lord Popat, was made a government whip. Lord Sassoon, who quit his job as a Treasury minister last month, is to start a job with the City firm Jardine Matheson this week, without undergoing the traditional three-month “gardening leave”. This has been cleared by officials.


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MP accused of breaching code of conduct

4th January: The Guardian reported that Philip Davies, who sits on the influential Culture, Media and Sport select committee, had failed to declare his links to gambling firms despite being part of an inquiry into the practices of the industry.

It is claimed that he received up to £10,000 in benefits including a trip to the Cheltenham Festival as a guest of Ladbrokes, and a “subscription” worth over £4000 from the holding company which owns bookmakers BetFred.


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