Rifkind resigns over ‘cash for access’ sting ~ RT.
Sir Malcom Rifkind has stepped down as chairman of the Intelligence and Security Committee following increasing pressure after he was caught on camera allegedly offering a ‘cash for access’ service to private companies.
Speaking on BBC’s Newsnight on Monday, a former chair of the Committee, Kim Howells, called for Rifkind’s resignation saying the body’s reputation must not be “dragged down.”
In a statement, he said he would remain on the Committee, but would “step down from the Chairship.”
Jack Straw and Sir Malcom Rifkind were duped by reporters from the Daily Telegraph and Channel 4 who posed as staff for a Chinese firm, looking to gain access to politicians and senior establishment figures.
Both men have now reported themselves to the Parliamentary Standards Committee, with Straw saying he had fallen into a “very clever trap”…
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