Geoff Hoon has unreservedly apologised for "showing-off" to an undercover journalist over his political influence.
"I certainly got it wrong. I should've known better," he told Today presenter James Naughtie in his first interview since being suspended from the Parliamentary Labour Party.
Explaining his behaviour, he argued that "most people faced with a situation where they know they are leaving a job, working their notice, would think about their future".
"The skills, the experience of a member of parliament are not readily translatable into other walks of life."