Yesterday it was revealed that some companies have been paying a networking organisation for access to political decision makers. The Chemistry Club, which organises networking events previously banned by the Cabinet Office, charges senior executives between £1,300 and £1,800 to attend invitation-only functions in order to meet with MPs, Ministers and senior government advisors.
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.
Timing is everything in politics and so we can hardly blame David Cameron for scheduling his monthly press conference today, a good time to rub salt in Labour's wounds over the cash-for-lobbying allegations engulfing the former Cabinet ministers Stephen Byers, Patricia Hewitt and Geoff Hoon. The Tory leader faced only one question over his party's [...]
Some "friends" of Gordon Brown are putting it about that he won't really be damaged much by the lobbying allegations against Stephen Byers, Patricia Hewitt and Geoff Hoon because the three former Cabinet ministers are Blairites. There's a touch of schadenfreude in the air because Hoon and Hewitt were the instigators of the short-lived Labour coup against Brown [...]
It looks like the pharmaceutical industry has been tempted back on to a war footing, but it should tread cautiously. With plans for US healthcare reform becoming unstitched before our very eyes, the industry’s main lobby group appears to have decided that $100m it spent on ads in favour of Barack Obama’s shake-up was money [...]
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