Cabinet fight over trade unions and lobbying
The Cabinet Office has just published its long-awaited consultation document on lobbying, which brings yet more bad news for the unions, as The Independent on Sunday revealed last weekend: they could be listed on a new register of lobbyists, because of the influence they have over the Labour Party.
There’s been a Cabinet tussle over how hard the language should be about union lobbyists. Eric Pickles, who as our story said last week also wanted town hall lobbyists to be included, wrote to Ken Clarke, George Osborne and Vince Cable earlier this month calling for tougher language on the unions.
In his letter, which I’ve seen, Pickles wrote that the draft consultation document left the question of union lobbyists as “open-ended”: He wrote: “In the interests of transparency, there is a very strong case for all trade unions with political funds to be required to register, as their political activity by definition is seeking to influence the political process.”
The published document still leaves the trade union issue open-ended:
…yet does raise the issue of “political funds”, suggesting Pickles has scored a victory of sorts.Tagged in: Eric Pickles, lobbying, Unions
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