The commissioner for standards in public life Lord Neill has
responded to the trade bodies’ opposition to London mayor Ken
Livingstone’s proposed ban on lobbyists. The PRCA’s Simon Nayyar and the
APPC’s Michael Burrell had claimed singling out professional lobbyists
for exclusion was undemocratic and unfair. Neill agreed that rules on
contacts between members of the Government and outside bodies should be
framed so as ’to avoid unfairness’.