Britain’s former Foreign Secretary, Jack Straw, has been suspended from the Labour Party in a “case for access” scandal. Mr Straw has been accused of being a politician for hire. He was one the MPs who were secretly filmed by the Daily Telegraph in a joint investigation with Channel 4’s Dispatches programme.
Undercover reporters posing as representatives of a communications agency called PMR based in Honk Kong made contact with MPs Jack Straw and Sir Malcolm Rifkind and offered to pay in exchange of assistance in hiring senior British politicians to join the company’s advisory board. During one of the meetings, Mr Straw allegedly described how he operated "under the radar" to exercise his influence to change EU rules for a commodity company, which paid him £60,000 annually. According to the newspaper, he claimed to have used “charm and menace” to persuade the Ukrainian prime minister to mend the rules to facilitate the same company.