Lobbying

Peterborough MP says he has had no role in the firm since his election – but transparency campaigners say he must urgently "clarify his position".
MultiChoice and Naspers are in the crosshairs of public opprobrium for playing tough tackle in their negotiations to protect their market dominance.
Greens will continue fighting tooth and nail to increase transparency and stop polluting industries having so much influence over our Government. But there is little hope Brexit will make this fight easier - and a very real probability it will become that much harder.
They can even encourage 'super-users' to become semi-official spokespeople, talking on their behalf. There are lots of things they can do. They just need to invest the time and energy in doing it.
With attitudes like these permeating even those parties that are meant to be the friends of enterprise, the Conservatives in the UK and the Republicans in America, is it any surprise that business is spending more on lobbying?
That Sheerman is permitted to hold such a position shows a clear disconnect between the rules defining and regulating lobbying as set out by the government, and the reality of what is happening in the industry. Sheerman is not violating the MPs' Code of Conduct, which explicitly prohibits MPs from becoming "paid advocates".
Unbelievably, there are those who still insist on denying the existence of the world's environmental crisis, and worryingly, some of these are in pivotal positions when it comes to what happens in the next 10 years. This by the way is the period in which many experts believe we still have a chance to mitigate the rise in global temperatures.
Theresa May is serious about preventing the interests of ordinary people being trumped by the powerful and the privileged she needs to do everything she can to make her government transparent; she needs to make sure that everyone's voice is heard equally; and she needs to kick big money out of politics.
If Theresa May means what she says about her government being for all and not just the "privileged few", then she needs to direct her attention to addressing this sense of powerlessness that is sweeping the nation.
Think tanks are pushing agendas important to corporate donors, at times blurring the line between researchers and lobbyists