Westminster was rocked by further scandal today after several former Labour ministers and others were filmed approaching their constituents and offering to lobby the Government on their behalf in return for their vote.
The allegations centre on Stephen Byers, Patricia Hewitt and 644 other MPs who are reported to have held secret public meetings where they promised to influence Government policy ‘however the voters wanted them to’.
Senior Government figures were critical of Byers and the others. ‘It’s not our place as politicians to listen to the ordinary public,’ said Chancellor Alastair Darling, ‘and certainly not to promise that we’ll do whatever they want us to do. Otherwise what sort of a mess do you think we’d be in? Messy wars, economy down the tubes, worsening social mobility, incompetent government – it just doesn’t bear thinking about.’