Obama apes UK lobby law

The UK is one step ahead of US president-elect Barack Obama when it comes to regulation of lobbyists, according to the APPC.

Last week, Obama pledged to curb the influence of lobbyists with new guidelines.

Under new rules, anyone who works on the transition and then becomes a lobbyist will be barred from approaching the administration for 12 months in the area in which they worked.

APPC chair Robbie MacDuff said: 'This is synonymous with UK rules, which apply to former ministers, civil servants and special advisers moving into the commercial sector, including lobbying. We have this one squared off under our self-regulatory regime.'

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