Letter - Lobbying ethics apply across the sector

Warwick Smith is right that lobbyists, whether in-house or consultancy, need to follow the same ethical principles (News, 16 November). There is often little difference in the approach to lobbying by professional bodies such as my employer and consultancies such as Warwick's College Public Policy.

At STEP our lobbying team are all signed up to the CIPR Government Affairs Group code of conduct and our internal code is based on similar principles. I would urge all professional lobbyists, whether at trade associations, NGOs or consultancies, to apply those principles to their own lobbying work.

Keith Johnston, director of policy and communications, STEP

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