Response to constituents on regulating lobbyists

I have a number of copies of an email on lobbyists from constituents. This urges the government to introduce a lobbyist register and to regulate lobbyists.

I have taken this up directly in a short meeting with Mark Harper, the Minister responsible. He assures me the government is currently working on proposals to do just this.

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  1. Posted October 20, 2011 at 10:16 am | Permalink

    You don’t need registration of lobbyists. This creates a layer of state sanctioned license holders who only may speak to power. MPs should be lobbyable by anybody.

    All you need is transparency on what elected members are doing. Liam Fox is gone because what he and Werrity was doing is visible, not because Werrity was or wasn’t licensed.

  2. Posted October 20, 2011 at 11:13 am | Permalink

    He assures me the government is currently working on proposals to do just this.

    Oh well, if he “assures you” then all must be fine in the world!

    How about Europe John? You going to tow the line, or listen to what the people want?

    What am I talking about, you’ll tow the line like everyone else, who cares what they want, your in a safe seat who is going to vote you out eh?

    Reply: Try reading this site – I have made it clear in several places I am voting for a referendum. I do believe Mr Harper when he says they are working on proposals. Why do you think he is not doing so?

  3. Posted October 20, 2011 at 6:17 pm | Permalink

    Good it is quite clear, that many laws and regulations serve no ones interests other than interested companies or government bodies – who will profit in some way – especially EU rules. Just look at the HIP pack nonsense and the absurdly still in force energy certificates and the mad feed in tariffs.

  4. Posted October 20, 2011 at 6:41 pm | Permalink

    Whatever for?

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