Government must strengthen transparency of lobbying laws

Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords have called on the Government to strengthen the transparency of lobbying legislation, following a question from Liberal Democrat Peer Lord Tyler.

Lord Tyler, who led for the party on the Transparency of Lobbying Act back in 2014, and who secured a number of concessions on the Bill, commented: “The last few days have shown again that transparency of lobbying laws in this country are not fit for purpose. Earlier today I pressed the Government to strengthen the laws currently in place, but they seem to want to stick their heads in the sand.

“Sunlight is the best disinfectant – even David Cameron has said this – and given that we seem to be back to the back old days of Tory Sleaze, the Government must now take action to crack down on prominent political supporters getting special access to the Prime Minister and other senior ministers.”

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