Ministers’ Business Appointments and Criminal Misconduct

23 Pages Posted: 11 Dec 2018

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Jeremy Horder

London School of Economics - Law Department

Date Written: December 5, 2018

Abstract

The offence of misconduct in office has an important role to play in the deterrence and punishment of corrupt conduct engaged in by officials. However, the offence has been under-used against politicians. There should be a more politically engaged approach by the CPS and the courts to change this. There should be a greater willingness to charge Ministers whose ethical behaviour in taking up lucrative opportunities upon leaving office is a gross breach of the public’s trust, even if that involves some extension of the scope of the misconduct offence.

Suggested Citation

Horder, Jeremy, Ministers’ Business Appointments and Criminal Misconduct (December 5, 2018). LSE Legal Studies Working Paper No. 21/2018. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3296581 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3296581

Jeremy Horder (Contact Author)

London School of Economics - Law Department ( email )

Houghton Street
London WC2A 2AE, WC2A 2AE
United Kingdom

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