Secret filming of former HMS Invincible commander

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THE former commanding officer of HMS Invincible has been secretly filmed offering to help arms firms secure contracts, according to reports.

Admiral Sir Trevor Soar, who was commander-in-chief fleet of the Royal Navy until earlier this year, is reported to have said he could ‘ignore’ a two-year ban on public service personnel lobbying for private companies.

He is believed to have told a national newspaper that the ban, imposed by the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments, was not a problem because it is not enforced.

Others targeted by the sting were Lieutenant General Sir John Kiszely, ex-head of the Defence Academy and now president of the Royal British Legion, former MoD procurement chief Lieutenant General Richard Applegate, and ex-head of the Army Lord Dannatt.

Ex-military chiefs could be barred from contact with ministers and Ministry of Defence officials as a result of the scandal, defence secretary Philip Hammond has said.

All the former officers involved denied breaking any rules and insisted they had the best interests of the military at heart.