Former foreign secretary Jack Straw, alongside Sir Malcolm Rifkind, faces allegations of wrongdoing in a new “cash for access” scandal.
Both MPs were filmed appearing to offer to use their positions to benefit a fictitious a Hong Kong-based communications agency called PMR for thousands of pounds in an undercover report by the Daily Telegraph and Channel 4’s Dispatches.
This is what Straw, who denies any wrongdoing, had to say about MPs being caught in cash for access scandals in a BBC interview in 2010:
Their behaviour, prima facie, does indeed bring the Parliamentary Labour Party, as well as Parliament, into disrepute, because it appears that former Cabinet ministers are more interested in making money than they are in properly representing their constituents. That's why there is such anger in the Parliamentary Labour Party, as well as I may say incredulity, about their stupidity in allowing themselves to be suckered in a sting like this.
After being played the recording by the Today programme on Monday morning, Straw said he had expressed the sentiments in "too strident terms" but his quotes explained why he had "voluntarily withdrawn" from the parliamentary Labour party after the scandal broke.