Lord Snape caught up in cash allegations

Lord Snape of Wednesbury, a well known figure in the travel industry, is one of the Labour peers accused of taking cash in order to change legislation.

During a debate in the House of Lords this week, Lord Snape refuted claims he had discussed working as a paid consultant for lobbying firms but also apologised for bringing the House of Lords into disrepute.

The former Labour whip, who is well-known in the travel industry, said: “As one of the people involved in this incident may I first of all apologise for bringing the House, if I have done so, into disrepute.

“But may I say that these are allegations in a Sunday newspaper and may I appeal to noble lords in all parts of the House to allow me the opportunity to refute these allegations before your lordships house and elsewhere.”

Lord Snape attended the ITT overseas conference in 2006 in Oman and spoke on issues about the environment in his role as chairman of the Coventry Airport consultative committee.

He is also a former director of Guildfare, which is no longer trading but operated as a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Guild of Business Travel Agents, now known as the Guild of Travel Management Companies.

Lord Snape is also a member of the Rail Maritime and Transport Union and served as MP for West Bromwich East, and as a government whip in the 1970s. He became an opposition spokesman on defence, home affairs and transport.

Other peers facing cash for influence allegations are Lord Taylor, of Blackburn, Lord Truscott, and former defnence minister Lord Moonie.


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