BT are appalling, says Conservative MP married to Sky public affairs chief

Written by David Singleton on 13 October 2017 in Diary

But why does Nusrat Ghani not declare the relationship in the Register of Members' Interests?

To say that Conservative MP Nusrat Ghani is not a fan of BT would be something of an understatement.

The member for Wealden recently told the House of Commons that many businesses in her constituency are "forced by BT to depend on slow, unreliable broadband".

She then claimed that people "get appalling service if they are ever unlucky enough to have to contact the company".

Speaking during culture, media and sport questions, Ghani did not mention that her husband happens to be the director of policy and public affairs at rival firm Sky.

More curiously, there is also no mention of her marriage to David Wheeldon in the Register of Members' Interests – even though MPs are required to disclose family members engaged in lobbying the public sector.

In the latest register, home secretary Amber Rudd states that her brother is the boss of financial lobbying firm Finsbury, while fellow Tory MP Victoria Atkins notes that her brother is a senior figure at lobbying and PR consultancy Burson Marsteller.

Ghani may not have listed a relationship with the man who oversees Sky's public policy and government relations, but she assures TP that all is as it should be:

"My register of members interests are declared in accordance with both the parliamentary declaration guidelines and with the guidance of the Parliamentary Registrar of Members Interests."





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