Paid advocacy is prohibited. Under the advocacy rule, an MP who has received a benefit such as hospitality, a gift or payment must not engage in any parliamentary proceeding, or any approach to a minister, other MP or public official which would provide a financial or material benefit for the person or organisation which provided them with that hospitality, gift or payment. The rule applies also if the hospitality, gift or payment was received by the MP’s partner or relative.

There are fewer restrictions if an MP is not initiating a parliamentary proceeding or an approach, and if this would not result in an exclusive benefit for the person or organisation which originally provided them with the hospitality, gift or payment. Further details are provided in the Guide to the Rules, and advice is available from the Registrar of Members’ Financial Interests or the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards.