PUBLICATION/ Feb 2015

Lifting the Lid on Lobbying: The Hidden Exercise of Power and Influence in the UK

At present UK citizens have little opportunity to understand who is lobbying whom, for what purpose and with what funds.

Lifting the Lid on Lobbying  analyses lobbying policies and practices across UK political institutions, evaluating the gaps in the rules that allow hidden lobbying and open the door to corruption.


The research – which looks at Westminster, the Scottish Parliament, and the Assemblies in Wales and Northern Ireland – reveals that in many recent lobbying scandals, the rules have not been broken. Our research identified 39 examples of lobbying loopholes across the UK where rules allow behaviour that can open the door to corrupt activity and lobbying abuses.

The findings indicate that there is much to be learned, in different ways, from good practice across the UK.

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Lifting the Lid on Lobbying: The Hidden Exercise of Power and Influence in the UK

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