Monday, 15 March 2010

Lobbying Transparency Pledge

As A PPC I have taken a pledge to make lobbying transparent and open to scrutiny.

When lobbying is shrouded in secrecy it damages politics and corrodes trust. There is a public interest in knowing who is trying to influence government decisions.

As a parliamentary candidate, I am committed to greater transparency in lobbying. I support the immediate introduction of a statutory register of lobbying activity, as recommended by the Public Administration Select Committee. This must include:
names of lobbyists
who they are working for
which decisions they are trying to influence

I will also encourage my party to commit to the introduction of a compulsory register of lobbyists.

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