News 04th Mar 2022

Appreciation of Lord Chidgey

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We are deeply saddened by the death of Lord David Chidgey, a long time, hugely respected and liked member of Transparency International UK’s Advisory Council.

The former Liberal Democrat MP for Eastleigh and member of the House of Lords was a key player in the hard-fought 12-year campaign to pass the UK’s Bribery Act which eventually came into law in 2011. The act continues to be held up as amongst the toughest anti-corruption legislation in the world.

In 2007 Lord Chidgey introduced a Private Members Bribery Bill to the Lords, sponsored and drafted by Transparency International. Ultimately the bill did not get government support, but it laid vital groundwork for the later act, reinforcing the urgent need for anti-bribery legislation, and demonstrating that a comprehensive bill was feasible and would have cross-party support.

As Lord Chidgey said at the time, “Bribery has the devastating effect of international and domestic corruption on the lives of poor people in poor countries. When officials and Ministers siphon off funds meant for the development of health, education or road building, everyone suffers. It leads to loss of investment, discourages private sector development and slows economic growth.”

Chair of Transparency International UK, Fiona Thompson said, "Lord Chidgey was a key figure in the fight against corruption in the UK.  Not only did he pave the way for the highly regarded UK Bribery Act, more recently he has been an active and deeply engaged member of Transparency International UK’s Advisory Council. In particular, his areas of interest included smaller states and territories in the Commonwealth and their corruption risks. His insight, knowledge and warmth will be sorely missed.”

Duncan Hames, Director of Policy at Transparency International UK said, “To this day, the Bribery Act is held up as a model piece of anti-corruption legislation. It clearly got its cue from the bill that David presented to the House of Lords at a time when Britain was widely perceived to have fallen behind other leading nations on fighting transnational corruption. He retained an enthusiastic interest in our work, and continued to be an encouragement to us. I will miss him.”