MPs will be taught how to be honest in a new compulsory behaviour course.
In an unprecedented move by the standards watchdog, politicians will learn the difference between right and wrong to help them behave better in public life.
The training, a series of practical seminars, will address scenarios such as accepting gifts and lobbying.
It is hoped the courses will help to combat the public’s mistrust of the country’s leaders following scandals such as MPs’ expenses and peers accepting money to lobby for outside interests.
Lord Bew, the new chairman of the standards watchdog committee, told The Sunday Times: ‘People are thrust into situations they don’t expect and they are not necessarily equipped to know how to behave.’
He added recent events have shown MPs can no longer rely on their gut instinct.
‘It’s the unexpected and complicated nature of situations you can find yourself in,’ he said.
‘You could be starting with an honest intention but find yourself in a situation that is a bit more complicated.’
Modelling the courses on those taken by bankers, lawyers, and accountants, the standards watchdog will instil the fundamental principle that MPs should behave with ‘integrity, selflessness and honesty’.
A poll earlier this year showed that politicians are the least trustworthy professionals in Britain, behind estate agents, bankers and journalists.
MPs will take compulsory ‘honesty training’ to learn the difference between right and wrong