Public Affairs: The Week in Lobbying

The Conservative Party has outlined plans to inject greater transparency into lobbying by making top civil servants publish details of meetings on the web.

The party's technology manifesto, published last week, states: 'We will put online the salaries of the 35,000 most senior civil servants. These civil servants will also be required to publish details of expense claims and meetings with lobbyists.'

The Tories will also require public bodies to publish 'online departmental organograms showing the job titles of every member of staff'.

The Whitehouse Consultancy has become the first APPC member to publicly back statutory regulation for lobbyists, as opposed to the voluntary system favoured by most public affairs agency bosses. MD Chris Whitehouse told PRWeek: 'We hope an early consensus can be created that we should move to statutory regulation of the lobbying profession. Nothing else will now do.'

The National Federation of Builders has appointed a former aide to cabinet minister John Reid in the new post of external affairs director, overseeing public affairs. Sameena Thompson joins from the British Safety Council where she was director of communications. She will strengthen the NFB's policy and campaigning arm.

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