Has Caroline Spelman broken the Ministerial Code?

New Secretary of State for Farms ‘n’ Stuff, Caroline Spelman, has become the first member of the new administration to be Guido’d. The Right Honourable Member for Meriden cut her teeth as a food and bio-technology lobbyist and was – until less than twelve months ago – director and shareholder of a company responsible for lobbying the department she now runs.

Scrapbook headed straight for the Ministerial Code of Conduct. Former ministers must seek advice from the independent Advisory Committee on Business Appointments on any prospective employment undertaken within two years of leaving office. Were there any provisions for roles performed shortly before appointment to a relevant government portfolio?

A five-minute read soon threw up issues. As Guido reports, Spelman’s lobbying was undertaken in partnership with her husband Mark Spelman, to whom her shareholding in their company Spelman Cormack Associates was transferred less than one year ago. Page 13 of the code may prove unlucky for the happy couple:

The new minister’s interests in this area are well known. Did she raise them with DEFRA Permanent Secretary Helen Ghosh?

Or has Spelman broken the Ministerial Code of Conduct in record time?

One Comment

  1. Mark says:

    RT @psbook: New post –> Has Caroline Spelman broken the Ministerial Code? http://is.gd/c930E

  2. Robster says:

    RT @psbook New post –> Has Caroline Spelman broken the Ministerial Code? http://is.gd/c930E <- So much for cleaning up politics #condem

  3. RT @psbook: New post –> Has Caroline Spelman broken the Ministerial Code? http://is.gd/c930E

  4. Mags W says:

    @psbook Has Caroline Spelman broken the Ministerial Code? http://is.gd/c930E <I would say so but thenI would…

  5. RT @psbook: Has Caroline Spelman broken the Ministerial Code? # http://bit.ly/aX55UD < already? bloody hell that was quick!

  6. RT @HouseofTwits: RT @psbook New post –> Has Caroline Spelman broken the Ministerial Code? http://is.gd/c930E

  7. RT @psbook: New post –> Has Caroline Spelman broken the Ministerial Code? http://is.gd/c930E

  8. Ask her Nanny I mean secretary >RT @psbook: New post –> Has Caroline Spelman broken the Ministerial Code? http://is.gd/c930E

  9. RT RT @psbook New post –> Has Caroline Spelman broken the Ministerial Code? http://is.gd/c930E <– has cameron released his one yet?

  10. RT @psbook Caroline Spelman broken the Ministerial Code? http://is.gd/c930E < didn't take long for the sleeze, but that's the tories for you

  11. RT @psbook: New post –> Has Caroline Spelman broken the Ministerial Code? http://is.gd/c930E

  12. [...] Will Spelman be the first to break the Ministerial Code in record time? [...]

  13. YorkshireLad says:

    Seems cut and dried to me.

  14. Gill says:

    Caroline Spelman with bothersome links to #agriculture business lobbying? Presumably all declared & aboveboard. http://bit.ly/bkRGev

  15. RT @psbook: Has Caroline Spelman broken the Ministerial Code? # http://bit.ly/aX55UD

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