The revolving door: former energy minister Chris Huhne moves to Zilkha Biomass Energy

revolving_doorThe “revolving door” between Whitehall and business is in the news again as former energy minister Chris Huhne is appointed to work for two days a week as European chairman of US-based Zilkha Biomass Energy. Some reports say that ZBE will pay him £100,000 a year.

This appointment is thought to have been approved by the government’s Advisory Committee on Business Appointments (ACoBA) which advises the prime minister on corporate jobs for former ministers and top civil servants.

The Telegraph explains that Business Appointment Rules are in place in an attempt to stop conflict of interest and state that there should be “no cause for any suspicion of impropriety”. They are also used to “counter suspicion” that “an employer could make improper use of official information to which a former minister has had access.”

 

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Posted on August 11, 2013, in Conflict of interest, Corporate political nexus, Government, Lobbying, Revolving door, Vested interests and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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