Leo Hickman has done a rather slimy article looking at Peter Lilley and making much of his interests in an oil company called Tethys.
As a new member of the Commons energy and climate change select committee, Lilley is expected to declare any relevant interests to the committee's clerk upon his first appearance, which took place last week. Next Tuesday, the committee will recommence its inquiry into shale gas. The minutes of any interests or information declared by Lilley to the clerk is not expected to be published for at least a month, but the Guardian understands that, as a committee member, he is not obliged to declare anything beyond that required in the MPs' register of financial interests.
The problem is that although it is headquartered here, Tethys doesn't even operate in the UK. I'm therefore not sure that this represents a conflict of interest. What do readers here think?