Iain Duncan Smith accused of ‘brazen conflict of interest’ over £25,000 job

Iain Duncan Smith accused of ‘brazen conflict of interest’ over £25,000 job

Ex-Tory leader accused conflict of interest – when he chaired the government task force that recommended new rules benefiting the firm he was employed by.

‘brazen conflict of interest’

Iain Duncan Smith is facing questions over his £25,000-a-year second job advising a multimillion-pound hand sanitiser company after he chaired a government task force that recommended new rules benefiting the firm.

The MP and former Conservative party leader chaired the Task Force on Innovation, Growth, and Regulatory Reform, which reported back in May after he and two other MPs were asked by Boris Johnson to recommend ways of cutting supposed EU red-tape.

However, the fresh spotlight on moonlighting by MPs has now prompted questions about the task force’s recommendations that alcohol-free hand sanitisers should be formally recognised as suitable for use in the UK.

Iain Duncan Smith accused of ‘brazen conflict of interest’ over £25,000 job

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