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Unfettered Access to Parliament for Lobbyists Is Chipping Away at Public Confidence in Our Industry

(0) Comments | Posted 16 April 2013 | (07:41)

We recently learned that more than 100 lobbying professionals hold passes giving them access to the whole of the Parliamentary estate. Members of the House of Lords - who do not enjoy the same taxpayer-funded support for administrative staff as their colleagues in the Commons - can issue...

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Time for the Government to Introduce a Lobbying Registration Bill

(0) Comments | Posted 31 January 2013 | (12:11)

There is one thing to be said for the Private Members' Bill to create a register of lobbyists which will be heard in Parliament tomorrow: at least it is being debated by MPs. Which is more than can be said for the legislation that the Coalition Government...

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Lobbying Reform Can Help Restore Confidence in British Politics

(4) Comments | Posted 23 November 2012 | (09:28)

The 15% turnout for last week's police commissioner elections points to a worrying divorce between policy-makers and voters. It suggests a feeling of growing powerlessness and political apathy that seems to have infected the (non) voting public. Back in 2009 when the MPs' expenses scandal broke there was...

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Another Reminder That the UK Needs A Statuary Lobbying Register

(0) Comments | Posted 14 September 2012 | (14:26)

Earlier this week, the Guardian splashed on a lobbying story. It involved the alleged impropriety of links between a government minister and his part-time paid adviser who also works as a lobbyist outside of her Whitehall role. For those of us working in lobbying it's yet another reason why the...

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