Dorrell takes KMPG advisory post

Written by David Singleton on 25 November 2014 in News

Former health secretary is latest senior MP to land lucrative private sector job

Former health secretary Stephen Dorrell is quitting the Commons to become a health policy consultant with accountancy firm KPMG.

The Conservative MP served in John Major’s government at the time of the BSE crisis, and went on to be a respected chairman of the health select committee between 2010 and 2014.

He wrote to his local Conservative Association to say he had decided not to stand as candidate for the Charnwood constituency in the 2015 general election.

"I have done so primarily because I have been offered the opportunity to work with KPMG in a senior role supporting their Health and Public Service consultancy practice both in the UK and overseas,” he stated.

"I have decided in consultation with my family that this role represents a great opportunity to carry forward the commitment to improve public services  which has been a major part of my life in politics.

"Unfortunately, I have also concluded that it is incompatible with seeking re-election to the House of Commons."

Dorrell becomes the latest senior MP to accept a lucrative private sector post, after former Tory housing minister Mark Prisk took up an advisory role with a private property developer earlier this year.

Public Affairs News revealed in August this year that Prisk had been appointed to provide strategic advice on housing policy to Essential Living, less than a year after leaving office.

Also this year, former planning minister Bob Neill has taken a non-executive director role at lobbying firm Cratus Communications.

Other former ministers to take private sector posts in recent years include former environment secretary Chris Huhne, former energy minister Charles Hendry, former Foreign Office minister Henry Bellingham and the former agriculture minister Jim Paice.

Huhne last year took up a position as Europe chairman for Zilkha Biomass Energy, a company supplying renewable energy, while Hendry is now chairman of Forewind Ltd, a consortium of four leading energy companies.

After leaving his post as a junior minister in the Foreign Office, Henry Bellingham took up a post as a non-executive director at Developing Markets Limited, a global consultancy and investment conference organiser.

Similarly, Paice started a new role as non-executive chairman of diary firm First Milk Ltd after leaving his post as minister of state for agriculture and food.


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