MPs unimpressed with corporate PA

Lobbyists are not as good at communicating with MPs as they think they are, according to a major report by the Hansard Society.

The report – ‘Friend or Foe? Lobbying in British Democracy’ – questioned 160 MPs and 31 lobbyists.

While 68 per cent of lobbyists believe businesses are effective at communicating with MPs, only 57 per cent of MPs agreed.

The report stated: ‘This would suggest that lobbyists working in the corporate sector are not as good as they think they are.’

Furthermore, only one in five MPs felt companies were more adept at lobbying than charities.

Speaking at the launch of the report at Portcullis House last week, Conserv­ative backbencher John Bercow paid tribute to the ‘outstanding’ lobbying undertaken by charities such as Amnesty International and Stonewall.

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