Political reformers call for action on corporate lobbying

By staff writers
October 17, 2012

The political reform group Unlock Democracy has called for firm action from the government on business lobbying, arms related and otherwise.

It was responding to comments from both the Labour Party and the Ministry of Defence on military lobbying, in the wake of the 'jobs for generals' scandal.

Unlock Democracy director Peter Facey commented: “It’s important that the Ministry of Defence cracks down upon inappropriate, often ‘informal’, lobbying. It is shocking that senior former generals, some of whom are members of the House of Lords, are touting for business and lobbying ministers at official functions including remembrance events.

Using these events for lobbying brings dishonour to them and to the parliamentarians involved, he declared.

“Equally, it is important that this crackdown is not just restricted to the MoD. The government cannot just wait for the next lobbying scandal to break. They should look at other departments with multi-million pound contracts which may be susceptible to inappropriate lobbying, such as the Department of Health, Department of Energy and Climate Change and Department of Business, Innovation and Skills. The same regulations should apply as those being proposed for the MoD,” said Mr Facey.

Unlock Democracy is a leading campaign for democracy, rights and freedoms. It incorporates Charter 88 and the former New Politics Network.

More on Unlock Democracy: www.unlockdemocracy.org.uk


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