Revealed: ex-MPs use parliament access passes over 2,500 times in a year

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Exclusive: FoI victory uncovers scale of grace and favour access enjoyed by 324 former MPs

A “strategic counsel” for the lobbying firm Crosby Textor is among 324 former MPs who together used grace and favour passes to access the Houses of Parliament more than 2,500 times in a single year.

Data released after a significant freedom of information victory by the Guardian reveals how frequently individual former MPs have been using their “category X” parliamentary pass, which grants the bearer continued access to the corridors of power after they step down, along with parliament’s subsidised restaurants and bars.

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