A peer and former Labour minister is being paid to “effect introductions” for one of the largest law firms in the world, The Times has learnt.
Lord Foulkes of Cumnock is paid £36,000 a year as a parliamentary consultant to Eversheds LLP for services that include introducing clients to select committee chairmen in the Lords and Commons. Although the arrangement is disclosed in the register of members’ interests, the disclosure that he is being paid specifically for his Westminster connections will deepen the row over the “cash for amendments” allegations.
The politician, who is also a member of the Scottish Parliament, is one of a handful of peers who has lodged written details of such work with the House of Lords, as their Code of Conduct requires.
There is apparently no end to the list of noble Lords making a bit on the side. And it would presumably be unreasonable to expect Lord George to struggle by on his parliamentary salary and Lords expenses.