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One new Lobbying Bill, please.

Written by Alice McCool on Monday, 2 September 2013

All political parties seem to be in denial about the public perception that they and the UK Parliament, are affected by corruption.  We believe that as it stands, The Lobbying Bill is inadequate for the scale of the problem and needs to be replaced by a Bill that is fit for purpose.


All political parties seem to be in denial about the public perception that they and the UK Parliament, are affected by corruption. We believe that as it stands, The Lobbying Bill is inadequate for the scale of the problem and needs to be replaced by a Bill that is fit for purpose.

Transparency International’s view is that the Bills’ definition of “consultant lobbyist” will not provide greater or more effective transparency in lobbying. It exempts the vast majority of lobbyists and may, bizarrely, result in less transparency than the current inadequate regulations.

The Bill does not even address the nature of the most recent scandals which did not involve consultant lobbyists but did involve unethical politicians and conflicts of interest. The bill in its current drafting is also in serious danger of undermining the freedom of expression of charities and trade unions.

The British public have not forgotten the likes of the MPs expenses scandal cash for questions, sale of honours and stings by the Sunday Times. Unless the government provides robust, holistic and clear legislation preventing such episodes from repeating themselves, the voters will not forgive, either.

Download TI-UK’s Lobbying Bill Second Reading Briefing Note here.

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Alice McCool

Alice formerly worked for Transparency International UK as our Campaigns Officer. You can tweet her via @McCoolingtons.

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