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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?

Corruption in the UK is increasing according to the world’s largest public opinion survey on corruption from Transparency International, with survey participants identifying the media as the most corrupt sector, closely followed by political parties.

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.

This week the European Commission has published an EU-wide public opinion survey on corruption. It highlights the fact that citizens across Europe perceive corruption as a major problem, and includes opinions on which are the most corruption-prone sectors.

Yesterday, Deputy Assistant Commissioner Sue Akers suggested to the Leveson inquiry that some sections of the press have been making regular payments to a network of corrupted public officials.

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