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Following the launch of Accountable Influence: Bringing Lobbying out of the Shadows, Robert Barrington notes that a forthcoming Bill in Scotland has the opportunity to make the Scottish Government the UK’s leaders in lobbying transparency.

Open Governance Researcher Steve Goodrich looks at proposals for the Scottish Government’s impending statutory register of lobbyists, noting that the Government’s proposals go further than the UK in some areas but fall short in others.

On Monday, the Cabinet Office and the UK Open Government Civil Society Network launched the third Open Government Project – the consultation process for drafting the third UK National Action Plan on Open Governance.

As the new Cameron Government takes shape, the post of Anti-Corruption Champion has been announced (or at least leaked, since there has been no official announcement)*: it will be Eric Pickles, formerly Secretary of State at the Department of Communities and Local Government.

What lessons should the Prime Minister learn from his first term – and what should he do now?

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.

The UK Government pushes open-governance well in-practice rather than in-law, leaving it vulnerable to changing winds that could isolate citizens and derail efforts to ensure open-governance in the UK.

During a meeting with the government’s new Anti-Corruption Champion last week, Transparency International presented Matthew Hancock with a list of ten practical actions that could be taken before the election.

The Government has today published its first ever Anti-Corruption Plan, with 66 Actions in a 60-page document.  Such plans are only as good as the political will and resources behind them: so how does it all stack up?

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