PRCA backs commissioner's lobbying concerns

LONDON: The UK's Public Relations Consultants Association has backed the concerns of Kathryn Hudson, parliamentary commissioner for standards, about changes to the rules governing lobbying by members of Parliament.

LONDON: The UK's Public Relations Consultants Association has backed the concerns of Kathryn Hudson, parliamentary commissioner for standards, about changes to the rules governing lobbying by members of Parliament.

Hudson said she was concerned that the House of Commons had yet to consider proposals banning members of parliament with second jobs from approaching colleagues, ministers, or public officials in order to benefit clients, as well as subjecting them to lobbying restrictions for six months after leaving the House of Commons.

“[Members of Parliament] could clearly do with stronger controls governing their activities, and the recommendations are a sensible step in the right direction,” he said. “But I echo Hudson's concerns that the House [of Commons] has yet to consider the changes.”

This story originally appeared on the website of PRWeek UK.

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