A serving MEP is looking toward a future away from public office. She offers to provide your agency with part-time paid political consultancy services but asks for her name not to appear on the APPC register and for her involvement to be kept within “closed doors”.

In the view of APPC, it is inappropriate for a person to be both a legislator and a public affairs practitioner.  Employing the son of an MEP in this scenario could be construed as a payment through a third party, and would thus be in breach of the Code.

Clause 8 of the APPC Code of Conduct states that political practitioners must not:

  • Employ any MP, MEP, sitting Peer or any member of the Scottish Parliament or the National Assembly of Wales or the Northern Ireland Assembly or the Greater London Authority;
  • Make any award or payment in money or kin kind (including equity in a member firm) to any MP, MEP, sitting Peer or to any member of the Scottish Parliament or the National Assembly of Wales or the Northern Ireland Assembly or the Greater London Authority, or to connected persons or persons acting on their account directly or through third parties.