Lobbying Reform

A Porridge of Bureaucracy

Baroness Dianne Hayter | Posted 17.03.2014 | UK Politics
Baroness Dianne Hayter

This is a bad Bill that the government should be ashamed of. It introduces a register of lobbyists so limited that it is not worthy of the name and might actually make things worse. It wraps unions in red tape. And it means companies and trade associations can continue to lobby in secret while charities and campaigners are gagged.

Lobbying Bill Is a Pernicious Attack on Our Freedoms

Melanie Ward | Posted 16.03.2014 | UK Politics
Melanie Ward

The Bill would massively restrict the amount that campaigning charities and other UK community groups could spend in the year before an election whilst silencing us with unnecessary red tape. And if you're wondering why US-style funding systems don't yet exist in the UK, it's because they're already illegal.

The Lobbying Bill - We Have a Long Way to Go Yet...

Robert Barrington | Posted 10.11.2013 | UK Politics
Robert Barrington

The government's Lobbying Bill has come in for intensive criticism in recent weeks - and for good reason. We at Transparency International think it is an unusually poor piece of draft legislation, and ahead of the second reading last week prepared a briefing outlining how the Bill could be improved.

Sinister Lobbying Bill Would Gag Campaigning Voices

Caroline Lucas | Posted 03.11.2013 | UK Politics
Caroline Lucas

The 'Lobbying Bill', due its second reading today, would have horrifying implications for the way politics - and political campaigning - are practised in this country. Outrageously, it would suppress a range of legitimate voices, while doing very little to expose the murky world of lobbying.

Fighting Corruption in Parliament

Anas Sarwar | Posted 13.08.2013 | UK Politics
Anas Sarwar

Following outrage over expenses and the recent allegations of cash for questions, the need for change is urgent. Citizens feel let down by a whole range of formerly great British institutions whether it's the newspaper industry, the Church or the BBC.

Self-Interest Casts Yet Another Shadow Over Parliamentary Duty as Peers Use Influence for Personal Gain

Danny Bartlett | Posted 03.08.2013 | UK Politics
Danny Bartlett

As expected, there has been public outrage at the 'cash-for-questions' scandal with many again losing confidence in the British political system and more significantly, those elected to represent the best interests of the masses as opposed to the interests of the individual.

On High Tech Lobbying

John Carr | Posted 06.03.2013 | UK Tech
John Carr

Lobbyists are like lawyers. Normally in return for coin of the realm they put forward their client's case for or against a particular proposition. Thus lobbyists undoubtedly can help to improve the democratic process and this should lead to better decision-making all round.

Time to Bring It on!

Gill Morris | Posted 11.03.2013 | UK Politics
Gill Morris

The single most important thing that can be done to improve public confidence and transparency in lobbyists and the lobbied would be the creation of a statutory lobbying register - not ripping up the rule book on APPGs.

Influence Should Be Earned Not Bought

Jane Wilson | Posted 26.05.2012 | UK Politics
Jane Wilson

David Cameron said that he thought the next big political scandal after MPs' expenses would involve lobbying. Sadly, but one might say predictably, the next big political scandal has involved a party fundraiser attempting to encourage a company to give money in return for access to policymakers.

Nick Clegg Abandons Lobbying Reform Over Potential Conflict of Interest

Huffington Post UK | Charlie Lindlar | Posted 08.12.2011 | UK Politics

Nick Clegg has stepped back from leading the government's planned reforms of the lobbying industry following concerns his wife's involvement in the bu...