MPs to speak at lobbying inquiry

A trio of MPs will be the first witnesses to give oral evidence to the Public Administration Select Committee as its hotly anticipated inquiry into lobbying gets under way next week.

The committee has called Labour’s John Grogan and Stephen Pound and Tory ­Peter Luff to appear on Thursday 29 November.

The decision to call Grogan is no surprise as the ­backbencher has actively campaigned for greater transparency in lobbying throughout the past year.

Luff, a former lobbyist at public affairs agency Good Relations, has also contributed to the debate, previously describing the Association of Professional Political Consultants as an ‘elite group trying to give themselves market advantage’ (PRWeek, 1 June).

The decision to call Pound is more curious as the MP has stayed out of the current­ debate.

However, one senior industry figure claimed that Pound is ‘opp­osed to lobbyists on princ­iple’.

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