Conservatives bow to Liberal Democrat demand for lobbying register

The Conservative Party has agreed to implement a statutory register of lobbyists, as part of the coalition deal thrashed out with the Liberal Democrats last night.

Statutory register of lobbyists: agreed by Tories
Statutory register of lobbyists: agreed by Tories

A document drawn up by the two parties states: ‘The parties will tackle lobbying through introducing a statutory register of lobbyists'.

The seven-page document, entitled Coalition negotiations - agreements reached', provides no further details on the plans for a statutory register.

The move represents a climbdown by Tory leader David Cameron.

The Liberal Democrats have long been in favour of such a register. In the run-up to the 2010 election campaign, Labour also pledged to implement a statutory register of lobbyists, but the Conservatives refused to endorse the idea.

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