Nick Clegg finally returns his Commons pass


Nick Clegg finally returns his Commons pass after it was revealed he kept security access despite working as a Facebook lobbyist

  • Was one of more than 300 former MPs with ‘Category X’ pass 
  • Allowed them uncontrolled access to Parliament long after they left 
  • His pass was deactivated in early 2022, Commons authorities confirmed
  • The ‘Category X’ pass was active as late as December 2021  


Nick Clegg has returned his parliamentary pass after The Mail on Sunday revealed he retained security access despite working as a lobbyist for Facebook.

The former Deputy Prime Minister was one of more than 300 former MPs with a controversial ‘Category X’ pass which allowed them uncontrolled access long after they left Parliament.

Sir Nick’s pass was deactivated in early 2022, Commons authorities confirmed.

Last month the former Lib Dem leader was promoted to president of global affairs at Facebook, now called Meta, where he will lobby against tough new regulations that could affect its business.

He will reportedly be paid up to £15 million a year in his new role.

Last April The Mail on Sunday first reported that Sir Nick retained a security pass to Parliament. He agreed to relinquish it after being contacted by this newspaper but Parliament said it remained active as recently as December 2021.

Nick Clegg has returned his parliamentary pass after The Mail on Sunday revealed he retained security access despite working as a lobbyist for Facebook

Nick Clegg has returned his parliamentary pass after The Mail on Sunday revealed he retained security access despite working as a lobbyist for Facebook

Transparency campaigners have called the ex-MP pass system a ‘free-for-all’ that allows lobbyists into the corridors of power long after leaving Westminster. In government Sir Nick had vowed to reform lobbying and bring in a ‘cleaner, better politics’.

‘Westminster remains a place where power is hoarded, decisions are opaque and the people who take those decisions are not properly held to account,’ he said in 2013.

Other Category X pass holders include Michael Dugher, Labour vice chairman, who is chief executive of the Betting and Gaming Council, and Sir Michael Fallon, the former defence secretary who is deputy chairman of an oil firm.

Other Category X pass holders include Michael Dugher (pictured), Labour vice chairman, who is chief executive of the Betting and Gaming Council, and Sir Michael Fallon, the former defence secretary who is deputy chairman of an oil firm

Other Category X pass holders include Michael Dugher (pictured), Labour vice chairman, who is chief executive of the Betting and Gaming Council, and Sir Michael Fallon, the former defence secretary who is deputy chairman of an oil firm

The passes give unfettered access to Parliament’s restaurants and bars, including MP-only areas. Category X pass holders are not required to register their financial interests.

A spokesman for Sir Nick said he did not use his pass while he had it.

Last month, the MoS revealed Sir Nick is at the centre of a Whitehall leak inquiry after Ministers raised concerns he was receiving secret information about Government plans to regulate Meta.

A spokesman for Meta strongly denied Sir Nick had sought information from officials, describing such claims as absurd and false.

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