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TI-UK Submission to Lobbying Bill Consultation

Transparency International UK (TI-UK) made a submission to The House of Commons Political and Constitutional Reform Committee inquiry into the Transparency of Lobbying Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill.

Summary of key positions:
1. TI-UK is concerned that democratic processes in the UK face an increased risk of corruption. It should not be possible for an individual or organisation to buy favourable laws or regulation.
2. The Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill, as proposed, is inadequate and needs to be replaced by a Bill that is fit for purpose.
3. Lobbying is one of a number of areas in which special interests, backed by money, can subvert democracy. Others include the revolving door and party political funding. They need to be considered collectively otherwise the tightening of regulation in one area will lead to the exploitation of loopholes in another.
4. All political parties seem to be in denial about the public perception that they, and parliament, are corrupt. Though political leaders may dispute whether it is fair, such perceptions themselves damage democracy, and an adequate response is required.
5. There needs to be, among other actions, a cap on donations to political parties; regulation of lobbying that extends beyond the proposed register; proper regulation of the revolving door of employment; reform of the honours system; a renewed emphasis on ethical conduct, with stronger sanctions for breaches.
6. Regulation needs to address both those who seek to influence inappropriately and those who are being lobbied. 
7. In each of these areas greater transparency is required; but in many of them, transparency must be supplemented by other measures.


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  • Report published: Aug 2013

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