Lords Reform Bill ignores unelected elephant in the room
Angela Eagle announces parliamentary reform at Unlock Democracy debate
Commentating on the defeat of attempts to fix the Lobbying Bill in the House of Lords, Alexandra Runswick, Director of Unlock Democracy said:
Commenting on the government’s decision to remove improvements made to the Lobbying Bill in the House of Lords,
Commenting on the Lord Hanningfield expenses scandal and the Lords Standards committee reports recommending a further two peers be suspended in 2013
Unlock Democracy backs the Civil Society Commission's report calling for changes to Part 2 of the Lobbying Bill
Chloe Smith’s decision to resign as lobbying minister two days before the new lobbying bill enters its report stage in the House of Commons is a damning indictment for this fundamentally flawed piece of legislation.
Even without the clauses in this bill which could force the everyday activities of all charities, trade unions and civic society organisations to count as election campaigning, it seeks to redefine expenditure for third party campaigning in a way that political parties themselves in the past have said would make it impossible to abide by if the same rules applied to them. The lobbying section of the bill fundamentally misunderstands the nature of lobbying and would simply encourage more lobbying to be conducted under ground.