Back in March the Sunday Times and Channel 4, in a sting operation, exposed them of trying to use their positions for money.
The punishments were part of a damning report by the Commons Standards and Privileges Committee.
The report, read it here, said:
Geoff Hoon, the former Labour MP for Ashfield, had committed several breaches of MPs’ conduct rules, including one which was “particularly serious”, and should apologise to the House in writing.
Stephen Byers, the former Labour MP for North Tyneside, was found to have committed a “particularly serious” breach but got a less severe punishment because he apologised in “unequivocal terms”.
Richard Caborn, the former Labour MP for Sheffield Central, was ordered to apologise to the Commons. Caborn has issued a statement in the following terms,”This is a total vindication, after a ten month inquiry, that clears my name and reputation after 31 years in public office and I thank the Commissioner and his Staff for carrying out a thorough investigation.” What planet is he on? A proposed six month ban, is for nothing then!
Commons authorities have recommended that former defence secretary Geoff Hoon be stripped of his pass for five years, former transport secretary Stephen Byers should lose his pass for two years and former sport minister Richard Caborn will lose his for six months. The vote will take place next Wednesday.