CIPR's new lobbying register welcomed by government registrar

The CIPR has launched the UK Lobbying Register, it was announced today.

The announcement follows the winding up of the UK Public Affairs Council last month when it handed over responsibility for the register to the CIPR. The register is free to search and will allow users to complain about the conduct of a registered lobbyist.

The CIPR described the register as "universal in scope" because it will welcome all lobbyists, whether from agencies, in-house or freelance, and require them to adhere to a code of practice.

To coincide with the launch of the register, the CIPR has also produced a new guide, entitled ‘Lobbying – a guide to professional conduct’, that outlines principles of integrity, competence and transparency for public affairs practitioners.

Alastair McCapra, chief executive of the CIPR, said: "We believe that the public is entitled to know who is seeking to influence public policy and law. Good lobbying helps make government more effective and can assist in the creation of better legislation, but it takes place in a sensitive context."

The launch of the register was welcomed by government registrar Alison White, who is responsible for managing the Government’s statutory register.

She said: "The statutory Register of Consultant Lobbyists is intended to complement the existing voluntary regime of regulation established by the lobbying sector. The registrar therefore welcomes all initiatives intended to enhance the voluntary regime, including the establishment by the CIPR of the UK Lobbying Register."

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