MP strikes out at lobbying industry

A Conservative MP has launched a coruscating attack on the lobbying industry.

MP strikes out at lobbying industry

Charles Walker hit out yesterday as the Public Administration Select Committee kicked off its keenly anticipated inquiry into lobbying.

Walker, a member of the committee, gave a damning verdict in the committee's opening session.

He said: 'On arriving in Parliament two years ago I was just appalled at the poor quality of the lobbying that goes on in this place. I mean, it really is risible, the lobbying.'

He continued: 'It's the blanket letter - sent out by charities even - with the electronic signature. It's the 24 year-old public affairs officers from some organisation or other, or lobbying company. I remember when I was 24, I had nothing of interest to say whatsoever.'

Walker concluded his tirade by claiming that lobbyists give clients false expectations: 'It really is just so poor quality. I think a lot of lobbyists persuade their clients that their issue is going to be at the forefront of 653 MP's minds when actually only five of us have a passing interest.'

For further coverage of the select committee's lobbying inquiry see next week's PRWeek.

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