Former Labor MP’s legal team is appealing his conviction for misconduct in public office and claims judge erred in telling jury Obeid was required to act solely in the public interest

A politician’s duty to act in the public interest is not a matter of law but of conscience, “like a duty to be nice to your mum”, a barrister for jailed former New South Wales MP Eddie Obeid says.

Obeid was sentenced to at least three years in December after being found guilty of lobbying a senior public servant in 2007 about lucrative Circular Quay leases without revealing his family’s stake in the outlets.

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