HARD COMMERCIAL EDGE OF PR 1998: Peer defends the role of lobbyists

At the Hard Commercial Edge of PR conference last week, Lord Newby, director of the Matrix Partnership and working Liberal Democrat peer defended lobbying as a key part of the democratic process, against mounting accusations of Labour ’cronyism’.

At the Hard Commercial Edge of PR conference last week, Lord Newby,

director of the Matrix Partnership and working Liberal Democrat peer

defended lobbying as a key part of the democratic process, against

mounting accusations of Labour ’cronyism’.



Newby claimed that despite the recent revelations, an ’air of new

Puritanism’ still surrounds the Labour government. He also said that

many new MPs are not used to dealing with lobbyists and still treat them

with suspicion.



’Experience counts - your ’claim-to-fame’ of once having worked for a

frontbencher doesn’t necessarily mean that you know how the Government

and civil service works,’ he said. ’Just because you ’know’ someone

doesn’t mean you have influence with them. A lobbyist with a good

reputation who is not aligned to any one group in the party is often the

best.’



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