The implication that all MPs are on the fiddle all the time is really becoming boring and damaging.
The Telegraph and Evening Standard ran with a story that implied a cash for access arrangement at the Conservative part conference with the papers talking about “business leaders” being offered the chance to pay £1,000 to meet senior ministers.
Upon reading the coverage it turns out that the story is actually about the Gala Dinner (I hate that term) that is held every year at the Conservative party conference where conference attendees get to have a very smart dinner, at a very smart hotel and donate to the party at the same time. It is hardly unreasonable to expect that there would be Conservative MPs on the tables and even cabinet ministers on the “top” tables and while there will be “business leaders” there will also be people from a range of people from other backgrounds, just like at party conference as a whole.
So when you look at the detail of the story it turns out that a range of people (some of whom are business people) are attending a fundraising dinner with a range of MPs (some of whom are ministers) at the Conservative party conference. Wow!!!!!!