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Manifestos: Where do the UK’s parties stand on Corruption?

Written by Dominic Kavakeb on Wednesday, 29 April 2015

With one week until the UK General Election, we’ve analysed the manifesto’s of the 7 major political parties taking part in the UK 2015 General Election and picked out where they stand on various corruption-related issues. The following table contains summaries of where the parties stand on corruption in both the UK and abroad.


 

With one week until the UK General Election, we’ve analysed the manifesto’s of the 7 major political parties taking part in the UK 2015 General Election and picked out where they stand on various corruption-related issues. The following table contains summaries of where the parties stand on corruption in both the UK and abroad.

TI-UK does not necessarily support these manifesto commitments, however the following table draws out those commitments which are relevant to areas of TI-UK’s work.

 

Politics

Conservative

-Carry on being “most transparent government in the world.”

 

-“Legislate to ensure trade unions use a transparent opt in process for subscriptions to political parties.”

 

-Seek agreement on party funding reform.

 

-Consider proof of ID when voting.

 

-Ensure electoral commission does more to combat electoral fraud.

DUP

-Ban all political donations from outside the UK

Green Party

-Ensure that all lobbying and in particular corporate lobbying, is registered and fully disclosed, including lobbying of elected politicians and of civil servants.

 

-Repeal lobbying act.

 

-Investigation in NHS Lobbying.

 

-State funding for political parties

Labour

-Inclusive digital government to increase transparency and accountability.

 

-Reform political party funding and cap individual donations to parties.

 

-Repeal lobbying act to be replaced with tougher statutory register of lobbyists.

 

-Ban MP’s from holding paid directorships and consultancies.

 

-A “peoples led” constitutional convention to determine future of UK governance.

Lib Dem

-Strengthen and expand lobbying register.

 

-Prohibit MP’s from accepting paid lobbying work.

 

-Require political parties to include the cost of staffing in their natural expenses limits.

 

-Cap of £10k on donations to political parties as well as wider funding reform.

Plaid Cymru

-Support right to recall MP’s.

 

-Remove part 2 of the lobbying act and ensure lobbying system is “genuinely transparent”.

SDLP

 

Sinn Fein

 

SNP

-Strict lobbying rules but “campaigning charities” should be allowed forward access and no restrictions.

Ukip

-More transparency to appointment of paid government advisers.

 

-Prevent MP’s from claiming expenses that are not “incurred wholly exclusively or necessarily in performance of their duties.”

 

-Scrap Electoral Commission to be replaced with “Independent Political Standards Authority”.

 

-Remove postal voting on demand

 

Business Property and Economy

Conservative

-Push for all countries to sign extractive industries transparency initiative.

 

-Criminalise companies failure to stop economic crime

DUP

 

Green Party

-Take real action to end tax evasion and avoidance and transfer mispricing by transnational corporations.

 

-“Ensure UK companies operating abroad respect international human rights and environmental standards and do not encourage corruption enforcing the UN Convention against Corruption and the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention, and reporting fully upon their activities.”

Labour

-British overseas territories and crown dependencies will be required to produce publicly available registries of the real owners of companies based there.

 

-Big 6 energy companies required to open up their books and sell through open exchange.

 

-Greater transparency in the land market.

 

Lib Dem

-Extend country by country reporting from banks and extractive industries to all UK listed companies.

 

-Lead global action against tax evasion and international crime.

 

-Criminalise corporate failure to stop economic crime including possible jail terms for Directors.

 

-Work with financial services industry to promote integrity, accountability and values across the sector.

Plaid Cymru

 

SDLP

 

Sinn Fein

 

SNP

-Land reform bill to improve accountability and transparency of public land.

Ukip

 

 

External Relations

Conservative

-Insist that every government or organisation that receives funding meets global transparency standards

 

-Expand “payment by results” to ensure all money to governments is clearly “earmarked for specific purposes.”

DUP

 

Green Party

 

Labour

-Extend sharing of tax information to developing countries.

 

-Increase DFID’s help to governments to collect more of their own taxes tackle corruption and ensure good governance.

Lib Dem

-Conduct bilateral and multilateral aid review to ensure DFID continues to work in right places and through right channels.

Plaid Cymru

-Support intelligence led cross-border crime fighting.

 

-Full publication of the Chilcot Inquiry.

 

-Stringent monitoring of aid to avoid misuse.

SDLP

 

Sinn Fein

 

SNP

-Aid should not be used to undermine public services in developing countries.

 

-Increased transparency in defence spending with full breakdown of spending nation-by-nation.

Ukip

-Reduce overseas aid budget to 0.2% with much UK aid money lost to corruption.

 

-Promote trade not aid, as aid can “provide incentives to corrupt leaders to stifle economic progress”.

 

Media

Conservative

-Protect journalists under “British bill of rights”.

 

-Ban Police from accessing journalists phone records to identify whistle-blowers

DUP

 

Green Party

-Replace the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000.

Labour

-Extend freedom of information laws so public services run by private companies are included.

Lib Dem

-Introduce statutory public interest defence for cases where journalists have to break the law.

 

-Remove Ministers from any role in BB or Ofcom appointments.

 

-Extend Freedom of Information laws to cover private companies delivering public services.

 

-End the Ministerial veto on release of information under the Freedom of Information Act.

Plaid Cymru

 

SDLP

 

Sinn Fein

 

SNP

-Ensure effective regulation of media on non-political basis.

Ukip

 

 

Policing and Justice

Conservative

 

DUP

 

Green Party

-Abolish Police and Crime Commissioners and return control of the police to local government’.

 

Labour

-New police standards authority to replace IPCC.

-Abolish Police and Crime Commissioners

Lib Dem

-Strengthen independence of chief inspectors of prisons and probations.

 

-Identify practical alternatives to use of closed material in justice system.

Plaid Cymru

-Scrap role of Police and Crime Commissioners and hand oversight to Welsh government.

SDLP

-Work with UK and Irish governments to tackle organised crime including smuggling and fuel laundering

-Disclosure, truth and accountability vital for dealing with historical crime, no secret deals.

Sinn Fein

-Push for full information disclosure on historical crimes related to conflict.

SNP

 

Ukip

 

 

Click on the respective links below to access each party’s manifesto.

Conservative
DUP
Green
Labour
Lib-Dem
Plaid Cymru
SDLP
SNP
Sinn Fein
UKIP

 

 

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Dominic is TI-UK's Communications Manager.  You can follow him on Twitter @DominicKavakeb

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