Opinion: From our Readers - New government will change lobbying rules

The Tories have been using the letters page of PRWeek to send the clear message to lobbyists that it will not be 'business as usual' if they win the next general election.

A Tory government would not seek to ban lobbying. It would, however, ensure that the industry became more transparent. This would probably entail the introduction of a mandatory register, the adoption of a common code of practice, and the publication of the details of scheduled meetings between lobbyists and politicians and civil servants.

The Government has yet to respond to the PASC report published in January, demonstrating that this is not a priority issue for it. It is, however, a major preoccupation for both the main opposition parties. If there is a change in government, the rules of the game will also change.

Lionel Zetter, director, ComRes

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