Lobbying

The Real Truth About Lobbying

Gavin Devine | Posted 17.03.2014 | UK Politics
Gavin Devine

Those of us who are proud to be professional lobbyists believe strongly that our industry needs to be transparent, and open to informed and intelligent scrutiny. But I'm not sure that is quite what Tamasin and Andy have achieved in their article...

The Lib Dems and 'the Prostitute State'

Donnachadh McCarthy | Posted 07.03.2014 | UK Politics
Donnachadh McCarthy

This Saturday I will speak at a Lib Dem Conference fringe meeting, for the first time since my resignation was demanded by the Lib Dem President Navnit Dholakia...

The Lobbying Act Will Not Stand the Test of Time

Francis Ingham | Posted 04.04.2014 | UK Politics
Francis Ingham

Future governments will see this for what it is - a joke of an act, aimed at cleaning up political sleaze by deflecting the problem onto anyone but the house itself. We have an ignorantly narrow definition of lobbying, a register that will not cover 80% of lobbyists, and a scope so bizarrely narrow it could only be supported by those who haven't the faintest clue about lobbying.

The Story of the Lobbying Bill Shows Why So Many People Don't Believe in Politics

Lisa Nandy | Posted 31.03.2014 | UK Politics
Lisa Nandy

The controversial Lobbying Bill, which narrowly passed through the Lords on Tuesday, is now almost certain to become law. It's a bill about lobbyists, political campaigning regulation but it matters as much to the people I represent in Wigan as it does to the Westminster bubble because it tells a story of why so many people don't believe in politics.

Cameron Backs Controversial MP, Who Dodged Axe From Local Party

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics

David Cameron has thrown his support behind a senior Tory MP fighting to save his political career after local party officials refused to re-adopt him...

Henry VIII and the Lobbying Bill

Allan Hogarth | Posted 24.03.2014 | UK Politics
Allan Hogarth

The Henry VIII Clause? Surely the government would not resort to an outdated archaic process that could undermine the democracy of our legislature - Parliament? Well, it appears they could. Henry VIII clauses give the government significant power to change what Parliament has enacted.

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.

MP Pay Rise of 11%? That's Cheap!

Matt Lacey | Posted 09.03.2014 | UK Politics
Matt Lacey

If MPs are against the pay increase, they can stop it; after all, they set up IPSA in the first place. If they're not, and I suspect many of them actually tacitly support getting more money (and on a human level, wouldn't you?), they need to say so. And they need to justify it. Needing to do so could be the best stimulus for reform of how money is influencing politics at the moment.

Theresa Villiers Cleared Of Wrongdoing By Downing Street Over Undeclared Lunch With Lobbyist

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics

A Downing Street inquiry into allegations against Cabinet minister Theresa Villiers has cleared her of wrongdoing over an undeclared lunch with a lobb...

Tim Yeo dropped as Tory MP by local party

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 30.01.2014 | UK Politics

Tim Yeo is said to be "considering his options" after being dropped by his constituency party. The Tory MP is fighting for his political career aft...

Can Democracy Defeat Political Apathy?

Robert Barrington | Posted 07.11.2013 | UK Politics
Robert Barrington

Why did the Jeremy Paxman and Russell Brand Newsnight interview go viral last week? Whichever side you take, it is unarguable that Brand struck a chord regarding the public mistrust of Parliament and apathy about politics in general. Can the UK's political class turn this around?

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.

If This Is 'Transparency', Let Us Worry

Megan Sherman | Posted 10.11.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Megan Sherman

Fortuitously the start of my work placement with Unlock Democracy, a lobby for constitutional reform, coincided with the reassembling of Parliament post-recess, which heralded the passage of the trumpeted "Transparency Bill" in to legislation. It revealed to me - a huge politics geek - a lot about how public policy is made and influenced in the United Kingdom.

The Lobbying Bill: Still Waiting for a Sensible Proposal

Gavin Devine | Posted 08.11.2013 | UK Politics
Gavin Devine

On Thursday the Political and Constitutional Reform Committee, led by Graham Allen MP, published its report on the Bill. It castigated all Parts of the legislation, and said rightly that it should be withdrawn and redrawn. In other words, back to the drawing board...

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.

The Democratic Threat Posed By the Transparency of Lobbying Bill - Design or Default?

Linda Butcher | Posted 03.11.2013 | UK Politics
Linda Butcher

In recent weeks many have set out clearly and convincingly why the Transparency of Lobbying, Non-party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill, which is receiving its second reading today, is nothing short of a direct threat to the voice of civil society, freedom of speech, and the fundamentals of democracy.

Let's Stop the Government's Gagging Bill

Angela Eagle | Posted 03.11.2013 | UK Politics
Angela Eagle

It is so useless that even Lynton Crosby - the tobacco lobbyist at the heart of Downing Street - wouldn't be covered by it. Both transparency campaigners and the lobbying industry agree that the government's toothless register is actually a step backwards from the codes of conduct and sanctions that already exist. The government should rename it the Let Lynton Lobby Bill.

Why I'll Speak Out Against the Lobbying Bill to Select Committee

Francis Ingham | Posted 28.10.2013 | UK Politics
Francis Ingham

On Thursday morning, I'll have the pleasure of giving evidence to the Political and Constitutional Reform Select Committee, addressing the Government's lobbying plans. Those plans have been set out in its Transparency of Lobbying Bill, and they make for disappointing reading.

Charities Should Not Be Gagged - Government Should Withdraw Its Gagging Bill

John Tizard | Posted 26.10.2013 | UK Politics
John Tizard

It is clear to me that charities and other campaign organisations will be muzzled by the current draft of the Government's 'Transparency of Lobbying, non-party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill'.

New Lobbying Bill Will Affect Charities' Ability To Campaign On Political Issues

The Guardian | Posted 26.10.2013 | UK Politics

The Electoral Commission, Britain's elections watchdog, has concluded that government plans to curb political campaigning by charities before a genera...

David Cameron's Lobbying Reforms A 'Dog's Breakfast'

PA | Posted 18.10.2013 | UK Politics

David Cameron is facing calls for an urgent rethink of government legislation aimed at preventing future lobbying scandals. The chairman of the Com...

The Lobbying Bill - A Missed Opportunity

Robert Barrington | Posted 22.09.2013 | UK Politics
Robert Barrington

When David Cameron said in 2010 that lobbying was 'the next scandal waiting to happen' he was both right and wrong. Right because it is an area which is ripe for scandal - a potentially unsavoury mix of money, power, politics and special interests. Wrong because by the time he said it, the scandal was already happening.

Lynton Crosby Embroiled In Yet Another Lobbying Row

PA/The Huffington Post | Posted 20.09.2013 | UK Politics

David Cameron was facing fresh questions about his election guru Lynton Crosby after it emerged the lobbyist's firm advised a private health alliance ...

'That's The Answer You're Getting'

The Huffington Post UK | Tom Moseley | Posted 21.07.2013 | UK Politics

It is the question David Cameron has faced repeatedly in recent days - but he's still not answering. Did the Prime Minister discuss the issue of pl...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Cameron 'Careful' On Crosby Questions

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 19.07.2013 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Friday 19 July 2013... 1) CAMERON 'CAREFUL' ON CROSBY QUESTIONS Twelve times David Cameron has been asked wh...