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James O’Shaughnessy

Asked if ACOBA were now on a statutory footing, the PMS said there had been no change to the process.

Put that the PM had said in Opposition that they would be put on a statutory footing, the PMS said there was a well established process for advising on people leaving Government to work elsewhere.

Put that James O’Shaughnessy had broken the rules for officials, the PMS said that while he would not normally comment on individuals or on the business appointment process, James O’Shaughnessy had followed the rules and the consultancy he was undertaking was in line with the advice he received.

Put that this was not the view of Sir Alistair Graham, the PMS replied that there was an independent committee to advise on this process and James O’Shaughnessy acted in line with the advice received.

Asked if the PM would look to tighten up the rules in this area, the PMS said that the Government would publish proposals on lobbying shortly. He added that a two year lobbying ban had been introduced by this Government to strengthen the position.

Asked about possible sanctions, the PMS referred the assembled media to the Cabinet Office for further information on the process.




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