17/07/13 Reverse order Timestamp format


  1. The government is due to publish legislation on lobbying at 14.15 after PMQs

    LB Lynsey Barber
  2. No 10 reveals full name for lobbying bill being unveiled today. It's the "transparency and third party interest in politics bill". Snappy
    LB Lynsey Barber
  3. The PRCA has highlighted four key areas by which the lobbying bill will be judged.

    http://news.prca.org.uk/transparency-of-lobbying-bill--the-key-tests/

    LB Lynsey Barber
  4. A busy day for the APPC

    APPC will b responding 2 today's lobbying bill @bbc5live @ 5.30, @channel5_tv @ 6.30 & @SkyNews @ 7.20, making powerful case 4 universality
    LB Lynsey Barber
  5. The CIPR is launching its first #CIPRCHAT, on the appropriate topic of the future of lobbying. It kicks of at 4pm, all the details here http://newsroom.cipr.co.uk/cipr-launches-ciprchat/

    LB Lynsey Barber
  6. As we wait, here's dep ed Alec Mattinson on the bill, concluding that the government is spending a lot of effort on the estimated 5 per cent of consultancies not already signed up to the APPC and its voluntary register.

    http://www.prweek.com/uk/opinion/1191491/lobbying-plans-will-not-save-pm-scandal/

    LB Lynsey Barber
  7. Cameron's response at PMQs to questioning on Lynton Crosby's lobbying links makes today's lunch time news on the BBC.


    LB Lynsey Barber
  8. Labour continue to push Cameron on Crosby

    Labour MPs outside Parliament this afternoon after PMQs - Cameron needs to answer questions on Crosby pic.twitter.com/uk8MW9GB77
    LB Lynsey Barber
  9. Politics.co.uk reports that Labour has asked the cabinet secretary to investigate if Cameron broke ministerial code.

    http://politics.co.uk/news/2013/07/17/labour-reports-cameron-to-cabinet-secretary-over-crosby-lobb

    LB Lynsey Barber
  10. The bill in full. Will have second reading in parliament tomorrow.

    http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/bills/cbill/2013-2014/0097/14097.pdf

    LB Lynsey Barber
  11. Andrew Lansley, Leader of the House of Commons, on the bill:

    From the beginning, this Government has believed that ‘sunlight is the best disinfectant’. So we have been the most transparent Government ever, publishing an unprecedented amount of information so that the public can see as much as possible of the workings of government, and hold us to account for the decisions we make. This Bill is about extending that transparency further to give the public more confidence in the way third parties interact with the political system.
    LB Lynsey Barber
  12. Chloe Smith, rather quiet on the issue in the past, says:

    British democracy needs lively debate, campaigning and lobbying to maintain an open and fair society in which citizens have a voice and the Government listens. But the involvement of campaign groups and other organisations, whether through lobbying government or public campaigning, must be done in a transparent and open way.

    We’re striking the balance between making sure the external influence on politics is open and accountable, without deterring people from coming forward and making their views known to the Government and to the public.

    LB Lynsey Barber
  13. And from Tom Brake, Deputy Leader of the House of Commons:

    The Government is delivering practical solutions to concerns about undue and unaccountable influence. With these reforms, people will know more than ever about who is seeking to influence Government and the results of elections.

    LB Lynsey Barber
  14. MPs and special advisers excluded, bill only covers act of lobbying ministers and permanent secretaries

    LB Lynsey Barber
  15. Only applies to those paid to lobby on behalf of a third-party

    LB Lynsey Barber
  16. Sanctions include a maximum civil penalty of £7,500

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  17. Full story now up on PRWeek http://www.prweek.com/uk/news/1191700/statutory-lobbying-register-apply-agencies-only/

    LB Lynsey Barber
  18. MHPs Gavin Devine makes a point on the narrow definition of lobbying in the bill

    Just digesting #lobbyingbill. As far as I can see I am not a lobbyist for the purposes of the Bill. Nor is anyone I know....
    LB Lynsey Barber
  19. APPC points out that there will be no code of conduct. A registrar will oversee the register.

    LB Lynsey Barber
  20. Interesting from NCVO (National council of voluntary organisations): plans to create a code of good practice for charities involved in lobbying due to narrow scope of bill.

    The organisation also tweeted that the bill is 'a missed opportunity to restore trust in politics. People have a right to know who is trying to influence policy and why.'

    'Charities aren't generally thought to be part of the lobbying problem, but should nevertheless maintain high standards of transparency...'

    Given narrow scope of the bill, to help maintain public trust, we will create a code of good practice for charities involved in lobbying.
    LB Lynsey Barber
  21. The TUC, unsurprisingly, has criticised the bill for failing 'to tackle rich corporate lobbyists.'

    http://www.tuc.org.uk/industrial/tuc-22379-f0.cfm?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

    LB Lynsey Barber
  22. Iain Anderson tweets that the bill will result in LESS transparency

    Ive just read the #lobbying bill - it will result in LESS transparency
    LB Lynsey Barber
  23. PLMR's Kevin Craig sounds exasperated with the whole thing, tweeting:

    lobbying bill a total waste of time. Law firms that lobby? Accountancy firms? in-house lobbyists? pointless party poiltical legislation.
    LB Lynsey Barber
  24. PRCA's Francis Ingham has come to the same conclusion as Anderson

    Have finished reading the #lobbying Bill. It will deliver *less* transparency. #PRCA #CIPR #APPC
    LB Lynsey Barber
  25. 'unfair and unfit for purpose' 'deeply disappointing' and public affairs industry's advice completely ignored during consultation - PRCA

    LB Lynsey Barber
  26. Full comment from PRCA's Francis Ingham

    This is a deeply disappointing bill that is both unfair and unfit for purpose. It is unfair because it singles out a tiny group of consultancies, most of whom are already on existing voluntary registers, and who have had nothing to do with recent parliamentary scandals – they already embrace transparency and ethical practice. It is unfit for purpose as it will not cover the vast majority of the industry who lobby. The Government will not meet its own objective of increasing transparency; instead it is likely to cover fewer organisations than on existing voluntary registers whilst adding an exorbitant regulatory burden on those that do register.

    LB Lynsey Barber
  27. And from PRCA Public Affairs Group chairman Emily Wallace:

    This is a Transparency of Lobbying Bill that does next to nothing to increase transparency in Lobbying. The Bill marks a huge failure to embrace transparency and has missed a significant opportunity to restore public faith in politicians and our political institutions.

    Neither the man in the Dog and Duck nor the woman in the Hare and Hound will understand the logic of a lobbying register which applies only to a small proportion of lobbyists.

    “The professional lobbying industry has consistently and persistently called for greater transparency, we want to ‘shine a light ‘ on the legitimate role we play in informing policy making, this Bill does little to help.

    LB Lynsey Barber
  28. 'Laughable' is the conclusion of Tim Fallon of College Group

    Lobbying Bill? Pfff..total waste of time. What is the matter with these people? look inside you're own tent for once...#laughable
    LB Lynsey Barber
  29. Nikki da Costa of Bellenden points out the bill has too many loop-holes

    #lobbying bill not robust. Too many loop-holes for those less concerned about industry reputation and being professional #PRCA #CIPR #APPC
    LB Lynsey Barber
  30. Hanover's Charles Lewington will be discussing the lobbying bill on BBC R4 World Tonight later

    LB Lynsey Barber
  31. Patrick Wintour, Guardian political editor tweets:

    Lobbyists delighted. Will only need to join statutory register if they orally or in writing lobby a minister or permanent secretary.

    LB Lynsey Barber
  32. Unlock Democracy have created a nice visualisation based on the approximation that 80% of those who lobby will not covered by register.

    http://unlockdemocracy.tumblr.com/post/55693338755/the-governments-lobbying-bill-has-finally


    LB Lynsey Barber
  33. 'Disgraceful' says Ketchum's Jo-ann Robertson:

    Just read the #lobbying bill. Is this really what the Govt and civil servants have been spending their time on? Disgraceful. #PRCA #APPC
    LB Lynsey Barber
  34. The government's Impact Assessment on the need for the bill states:

    The current system of self-regulation does little to address the issue due to the voluntary nature of the industry-hosted register of lobbyists. Removing this information asymmetry will hence require a statutory register of consultant lobbyists.

    LB Lynsey Barber
  35. Cost estimates for the register are based on the Australian one '... the most similar registrar to the proposed model'

    LB Lynsey Barber
  36. Cost of statutory register to lobbying industry estimated to be £300,000 per year.

    LB Lynsey Barber
  37. PRCA lobby government on lobbying bill, but wouldn't be required to register

    We are lobbying Government on #lobbying Bill, but will not be required to register...
    LB Lynsey Barber
  38. Option of register covering in-house lobbyists would have been double the estimated cost of the consultant-only register, according to impact assessment.

    LB Lynsey Barber
  39. Read the impact assessment here: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/223834/Lobbying_Impact_Assessment.pdf

    LB Lynsey Barber
  40. The CIPR tweets that the Cabinet Office has confirmed the second reading of the lobbying bill will not now happen tomorrow.

    LB Lynsey Barber
  41. Cabinet Office says the second reading of the bill was not planned for tomorrow in the first place

    LB Lynsey Barber
  42. From the PRCA:

    There will be a handful of public affairs practitioners who work in agencies and meet with ministers or permanent secretaries.

    Therefore covering the costs of the regulator will be incredibly onerous for the very small number of people who are expected to pay.

    LB Lynsey Barber
  43. Latest from PRWeek: Trade bodies attack lobbying bill http://www.prweek.com/uk/news/1191747/trade-bodies-attack-lobbying-bills-weak-definition-cost-implications/

    LB Lynsey Barber
  44. The 'narrow' definition of the activity will reduce transparency and amplify costs.

    LB Lynsey Barber
  45. Labour has outlined the amendments it will make to the lobbying bill: http://www.twitlonger.com/show/n_1rldpb1

    LB Lynsey Barber