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Commenting on the conclusion of the prosecution of Mabey & Johnson Ltd for overseas corruption and breaching UN sanctions yesterday, ChanduKrishnan, Executive Director of TI UK said:
Following the launch today of Transparency International (TI)’s Global Corruption Report 2009: Corruption in the Private Sector (GCR), Chandu Krishnan, Executive Director of TI UK said:
Transparency International UK is extremely concerned about allegations in yesterday’s Sunday Times that Peers have been willing to accept cash in return for political favours. The Transparency International movement worldwide has highlighted, as one of its global priorities, the need to fight political corruption. The UK, once viewed as a world leader in the anti-corruption movement, has seen its standing eroded in recent years, in part due to a series of political corruption scandals, including: loans-for-honours, influence peddling, 'John Lewis lists' and family payrolls for non-existent research. Both Houses of Parliament, it would now seem, are prone to doubtful and unethical practices.
Anti-corruption champion, Transparency International UK, has called on the Government to exclude companies implicated in bribery from future Government contracts. 
Transparency International’s 2009 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI), launched today, reveals that the UK is struggling to recover from last year’s all-time-low score. 
Anti-corruption champion Transparency International (UK) has written to Economic and Business Minister, Ian Pearson, urging him to think again about planned changes to export guarantee laws that MPs vote on this week. An amendment to the Export and Investment Guarantees Act 1991 is due to be voted by the House of Commons on April 21st.
Welcoming Government commitment to introduce a Bribery Bill this parliamentary session, Chandrashekhar Krishnan, Executive Director of Transparency International-UK said: “We welcome the inclusion of the Bribery Bill in the Queen’s Speech. This should be a non-partisan issue - it is about restoring Britain's reputation in the world and creating a level playing field for clean businesses.
On the day that Jack Straw, the UK’s anti-corruption champion, is due to make a major speech on tackling corruption (23 June), the UK comes out with less than flying colours for its record on policing foreign bribery. 
The Government’s haste this week in rushing through half-baked emergency measures to clean up politics in the wake of the MPs’ expenses scandal was a big mistake and will only make rebuilding trust in politicians and Parliament more difficult.
The much-vaunted clampdown on MPs’ expenses, announced this week as part of the Parliamentary Standards Bill, is nothing of the sort according to anti-corruption watchdog Transparency International UK.
Anti-corruption watchdog, Transparency International UK, today publishes a new report that delves deep into the complex web of legal and regulatory armoury the UK employs to counter money laundering. 
The latest worldwide opinion poll exploring citizens’ views and experiences of corruption reveals disturbing findings for the UK, a country often considered squeaky clean.

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