Former Labour MP David Hinchliffe has trousered close on £6,000 from his new appointment as non executive director of the South West Yorkshire Mental Health Trust.
The press release announcing his appointment says:
These appointments have been in accordance with the OCPA Code of Practice. All non executive appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process. However, in accordance with the original Nolan recommendations, there is a requirement for appointees political activity (in any) to be made public.
And they expect us to believe this rubbish.
UPDATE: The New Labour spinners are out in force in the Comments section. The point about this post was to hightlight the ridiculous assertion that "political activity plays no part in the selection process". David Hinchliffe was a useless Health Select Committee Chairman so I fail to see that this experience alone qualifies him for the job. The number of ex-Labour MPs to be appointed to quangos is astonishing. Perhaps they would benefit from a spell in the private sector. Just a thought.