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MP Dorrell starts work for firm chasing NHS deal

There are calls for Stephen Dorrell to quit as either an MP or an adviser to a private firm targeting a lucrative NHS contract.

The Tory is in a conflict of interest row after taking up a post with KPMG which is considering bidding for a £1billion deal to manage the medical records of all patients.

Mr Dorrell quit as chairman of the powerful House of Commons Health Select Committee in June.

He told his local party he would step down at May’s general election because his new job was “incompatible” with his role as a £67,060-a-year MP.

But he starts his new job this week and will be in both posts for six months.

The move sparked fury, with National Health Action party co-leader Dr Clive Peedell insisting Mr Dorrell can only do one role.

The cancer specialist said: “Stephen Dorrell admits his new job is ­incompatible with being an MP. If that’s the case, he should resign immediately or give up the new role.

“This also makes it clear why Mr Dorrell suddenly resigned as chair of the Health Select Committee. Clearly a better offer came his way.”

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One Response to “MP Dorrell starts work for firm chasing NHS deal”

  1. Radman says:

    Wasn’t there supposed to be a moratorium on politicians accepting conflicting roles for a period after leaving the relevant government position following several previous dodgy deals or does this only apply to ministers?

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