May 26, 2022

A prominent Conservative MP accepted a £5,000 donation from a timber firm months after he lobbied a government minister to help with their tax affairs.

Andrew Bridgen lobbied minister Andrew Stephenson during a call on the issue in August 2019 two weeks after Mere Plantations paid for him to attend their teak plantation in Ghana.

He accepted a £5,000 donation from the firm via his constituency party months later, as well as taking on an advisory role with the firm.

The timing raises questions about whether his relationship with the firm could fall foul of paid lobbying rules. MPs are not permitted to lobby in a manner that could benefit an entity for six months after receiving outside reward or consideration, or in the expectation

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