Hove MP belongs to committee at centre of lobbying questions

Posted On 28 Mar 2010 at 8:31 pm

Hove MP Celia Barlow is a member of a parliamentary group run by a fellow Labour politician linked to a lobbying scandal.

Mrs Barlow belongs to Eurim, an all-party parliamentary group on the “information society”, chaired by disgraced Luton MP Margaret Moran.

Ms Moran, tainted by the Commons expenses scandal, boasted to undercover reporters from the Channel 4 Dispatches team that she had used Eurim to wield influence on behalf of companies.

Eurim is unusual because it is registered as a company, unlike most – if not all – other parliamentary groups.

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Members are able to go on foreign trips funded in part by Eurim’s corporate backers, which include BT, IBM and Vodafone.

The Mail on Sunday carried a detailed report yesterday.

There is no suggestion that Mrs Barlow has done anything wrong but the unusual nature of the committee and Ms Moran’s involvement may bring an unwelcome focus on its activities.

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