The Queen's speech was yet another wasted opportunity for the Government to make up its mind on a statutory register of lobbyists. For the past three years, this Government has told us that a register is both essential and imminent. And for the past three years, it has failed to take any of the many opportunities open to it to introduce such a register.
The public needs to see who we are and better understand what we do. A statutory register of all lobbyists would give the public the chance to find out for themselves and let us and our activities be judged and scrutinised. With confidence in politics at such a low ebb, it would be at least a start.
The government needs to deliver on its promise to introduce a statutory register of lobbyists, to restore faith in our industry and to put to an end the drip-drip of lobbying stories that rear their head from time to time and undermine the professional, ethical and useful job that the vast majority of lobbyists are doing day in day out.
The coalition is determined to push through a shake-up of lobbying rules before 2015, constitutional reform minister Mark Harper said today. Harper...
The long awaited consultation document on the promised statutory register of lobbyists has been published. This week, the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) is contacting individual members of our Public Affairs Group to seek their views on the questions it raises.