Campaigners demand 'code of conduct' for ex-parliament staff

Publication date: 
Monday, February 14, 2011
Martin Banks
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Transparency campaigners have called for an automatic "cooling-off" period to stop senior parliamentary officials moving to potentially lucrative jobs in the lobby industry.


According to the Alliance for Lobbying Transparency and Ethics Regulatio (Alter-EU) the case of David Harley, a former deputy secretary general of parliament, gives "cause for concern". Harley, a parliamentary veteran who had worked for the institution since 1975, joined Burson-Marsteller, a leading Brussels-based public affairs company, in March last year and was recently appointed co-chairman of the company.