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Transparency International UK research based on the Electoral Commission’s register of donations shows, for the first time, the scale of donations from individuals who were appointed to the House of Lords after having donated large amounts of money to political parties and politicians.

Several incidents in the past week demonstrate the problems that UK politics has with lobbying, conflicts of interest and the revolving door. What will it take for the UK’s political class to reform?

All governments face hard choices. Transparency International’s new ‘Anti-Corruption Scorecard’ suggests that this Government has some particularly important choices to make on its approach to corruption. But will the Coalition choose to address the red and amber warnings on their anti-corruption record or not?

In a report published by Transparency International UK earlier this year, respondents were asked to rank several scenarios as a possible example of corruption. 86% of respondents thought that ‘a seat in the House of Lords for a businessman who has made large donations to a political party’ was potentially corrupt, the highest score for any of the scenarios.

The shocking revelation that a Conservative party co-treasurer offered access to the Prime Minister and Chancellor for up to £250,000 underscores the need for urgent reforms to clean up political party funding in the UK.

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