POSTPONED: Cabs for hire, lobbying and MPs with Dispatches journalist Antony Barnett

Talk Tuesday 30th March, 2010

Can a government whose former ministers offer their influence for a few thousand a day expect to be re-elected? Or does Channel 4’s Dispatches investigation into cash-for-influence illustrate corruption that is across the political spectrum?

Join us at the Frontline Club for a special event with Dispatches journalist Antony Barnett and producer and director of the programme Philip Clothier to hear the story behind the recent investigation, which revealed how MPs are lending their influence to private companies for up to £5,000 a day. Our chair for the evening is political blogger Iain Dale.

The programme showed remarkable footage of three former cabinet ministers, Stephen Byers, Patricia Hewitt and Geoff Hoon, boasting that they could influence government policy and secure preferential access to ministers for private companies.

But how prevalent is such behaviour? Has anything changed since Barnett, while at The Observer, claimed former Labour spin doctor Derek Draper was bragging to potential clients of his ability to get access to ministers?

Antony Barnett will be joined by a panel to discuss the implications for politics in the future and what can be done to clean up Parliament.

Rest of panel to be confirmed.