Former public affairs boss' 'lobbyists' charter' attacked by Labour MP

The public affairs professional behind a new campaign to defend the profession has published a 'lobbyists' charter'

Mark Adams: new lobbyists' charter
Mark Adams: new lobbyists' charter

Mark Adams, former deputy head of public affairs at Lansons, said the charter was intended to be the centrepiece of his campaign to boost the reputation of lobbyists.

He added: ‘Individual lobbyists, and all who believe in the right of professional lobbyists to ply their trade with pride, will be invited to sign up to the campaign based on the charter.’

The draft charter states:

  • Lobbying is a fundamental democratic right of us all
  • Professional lobbying should be conducted at all times in a professional and ethical manner
  • Professional lobbyists assist the democratic process by helping to ensure that public policy is subject to rigorous examination and argument. They present information that allows the policy process to be better informed
  • It is entirely legitimate for an organisation to use the services of a professional lobbyist, whether by employing them directly or by hiring them through a lobbying company
  • Professional lobbyists should be subject to a rigorous Code of Conduct, whether on a self-regulatory or statutory basis, designed to enshrine high professional and ethical standards to the benefit of all
  • To ensure that professional lobbyists offer services of the highest standards, structured training and continuing professional development programmes should be developed

However, the charter has already been attacked by one Labour MP, Paul Flynn, as ‘self-serving drivel’.

Flynn, who is a longstanding critic of commercial lobbyists, was responding to a draft version of the charter sent to him by Adams.

His criticisms have been posted in full on the standup4lobbying website.

Adams left Lansons Communications last week to concentrate on the venture.

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