Former Herts MEP refutes allegation of Lords fees offer

PUBLISHED: 09:33 28 January 2009 | UPDATED: 13:54 06 May 2010

A FORMER Labour MEP for Herts is one of four peers embroiled in a row over their alleged willingness to take large sums of money to influence legislation. Peter Truscott represented the county in the European Parliament from 1994 to 1999 and was a famili

A FORMER Labour MEP for Herts is one of four peers embroiled in a row over their alleged willingness to take large sums of money to influence legislation.

Peter Truscott represented the county in the European Parliament from 1994 to 1999 and was a familiar face in St Albans during that period.

Claims in a Sunday newspaper put him at the centre of allegations that together with three other Labour peers, he offered to help make amendments to legislation in return for thousands of pounds in fees.

Lord Truscott, who was ennobled in 2004, was alleged to have offered to work "behind the scenes" to facilitate an amendment to legislation and apparently suggested a fee of £2,000 a day, three days a month for a year for the service.

But while he admitted to having had discussions with an undercover Sunday Times reporter, he said: "To suggest I would offer to put down amendments for money is a lie."

Lord Truscott, aged 49, is an author and academic who has written a biography of Vladimir Putin and is married to the daughter of a Russian professor.

Since becoming a peer, he has served a two-year term as an energy minister.

The other peers involved in the issue, which is being considered by Scotland Yard's specialist crime unit following a complaint from the Lib-Dems, are Lord Moonie, Lord Snape and Lord Taylor of Blackburn.


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