In January 2009 Lord Snape was one of four peers who allegedly agreed to accept money from undercover Sunday Times reporters, who were posing as business lobbyists, in return for amending legislation. Two peers, Lord Taylor of Blackburn and Lord Truscott were suspended for six months from the House of Lords for their role in what became know as the 'erminegate' affair. Lord Snape and Lord Moonie were cleared by the Lords Privileges Committee but were invited to apologise for their "inappropriate attitudes".
Lord Snape had allegedly offered to help the 'lobbyists' for a fee of up to £24,000 a year. Snape had said "Depending on who is on the Commons committee, if I had a chat I could see if I could get them to table an amendment in committee,".
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- Nicholas Watt, 'Erminegate: police called to examine corruption allegations in House of Lords', The Guardian, 26 January 2009.
- 'Two Labour peers face suspension', BBC, 14 May 2009.
- Lord Snape www.parliament.uk, accessed 24 April 2015
- Rail APPG,www.parliament.uk, accessed 16 November 2015