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    1. May 13, 2015

      Prince Charles’s letters reveal defence pressure

      Prince Charles wrote to Tony Blair while he was still prime minister to protest about “pressure on the defence budget” that...

    2. March 26, 2015

      Court orders Prince Charles’ letters to ministers be made public

      Letters sent by Prince Charles to government ministers should be made public, the UK’s highest court has ruled in the...

    1. Nick Butler

      March 22, 2015

      Cleaning up the lobbying business

      Imagine that you are a minister with an important decision to take. The decision is finely balanced and you have your doubts...

    2. February 24, 2015

      Malcolm Rifkind’s tawdry exit shows the system works

      Sir Malcolm Rifkind has faced up to the inevitable and stood down as chair of parliament’s intelligence and security...

    3. February 24, 2015

      Rifkind faces end of four-decade political career

      Until this week Sir Malcolm Leslie Rifkind had seemed one of the great survivors in the House of Commons, dodging the mantra...

    4. February 24, 2015

      Sir Malcolm Rifkind steps down as intelligence committee chairman

      Sir Malcolm Rifkind has announced he is quitting as an MP and stepping down as the chairman of the parliamentary committee...

    5. February 23, 2015

      The dilemma of paid outside work for MPs

      In 1911 David Lloyd George first introduced pay for members of parliament, transforming what had been a part-time evening...

    6. February 23, 2015

      David Cameron rules out restrictions on MPs’ second jobs

      David Cameron has ruled out new restrictions on MPs’ second jobs, resisting pressure from Ed Miliband to take action after...

    7. February 23, 2015

      In quotes — Straw and Rifkind respond

      After news broke on Sunday night that former foreign secretaries Malcolm Rifkind and Jack Straw had been caught in a...

    8. February 22, 2015

      Former foreign secretaries caught in undercover sting over payments

      Two former foreign secretaries, Jack Straw and Sir Malcolm Rifkind, have been caught in an undercover sting offering to help...

    9. January 25, 2015

      Business fears falling foul of UK lobbying rules before election

      Some of Britain’s leading business groups are taking legal advice to avoid being ensnared by a new anti-lobbying law in the...

    10. January 8, 2015

      Unions say lobbying curbs will hit election campaigning

      Britain’s biggest trade unions have complained that new rules brought in by the government to restrict lobbying will hurt...

    11. February 20, 2014

      City of London fears march of the populists

      Financial services giants are running a campaign to lobby every single British candidate in May’s EU elections, fearing that...

    12. February 4, 2014

      Pension industry lobbying on charge cap revealed

      Pension providers met with senior civil servants on 27 separate occasions ahead of the government’s surprise decision to...

    13. January 13, 2014

      Lobbyists to reveal political meetings

      Meetings between lobbying firms and ministers’ special advisers will have to be disclosed after a Lib Dem uprising in the...

    14. January 8, 2014

      Fears UK government under influence of drinks industry

      Britain’s drinks industry had “an extraordinary level of access” to the government as it successfully repelled an attempt to...

    15. November 28, 2013

      UK government rules out U-turn on alcohol pricing

      Downing Street said it has no plans to revive alcohol minimum pricing despite its surprise decision to press ahead with...

    16. November 28, 2013

      David Cameron in U-turn on plain packaging for cigarettes

      The UK government is to introduce plain packaging for cigarettes under plans to be announced on Thursday following a U-turn...

    17. September 23, 2013

      Tolerance for self-interested behaviour among MPs is growing

      Britons have become more willing to tolerate MPs who make decisions out of self-interest rather than the public good,...

    18. September 8, 2013

      Rush and repent

      The British government’s concession on Friday night to revise its controversial lobbying bill by amendment was a tactical...

    19. September 6, 2013

      Charities win reprieve on strict new lobbying bill

      Charities have won a reprieve from strict new laws which could have curtailed the amount they could spend in the run-up to a...

    20. September 3, 2013

      Lansley defends lobbying bill seen as ‘sinister gag’

      Andrew Lansley has promised that charities will not be silenced by the government’s lobbying bill as he fought off criticism...

    21. August 29, 2013

      Ministers warned lobby bill threatens charities’ campaigning role

      Charities will be severely constrained in their campaigning activities as a result of the lobbying bill which comes before...

    22. August 19, 2013

      David Cameron’s lobbying bill derided as ‘dog’s breakfast’

      The coalition’s lobbying bill has been savaged as a “complete mess” that will fail in its declared aim of shining a light on...

    23. July 23, 2013

      Crosby moves to end tobacco lobbying dispute

      Lynton Crosby has denied having “any conversation” over plain cigarette packaging with David Cameron as the prime minister’s...

    24. July 18, 2013

      Blair takes issue with Cameron in lobbying spat

      David Cameron and Tony Blair are engaged in a war of words over the prime minister’s claims that Mr Blair lobbies him in his...

    25. July 17, 2013

      Loopholes emerge in lobbying bill

      Lobbying firms will be free to keep their clients secret – despite a new bill promising transparency in Whitehall – if they...

    26. July 17, 2013

      David Cameron pressed on Lynton Crosby’s tobacco industry links

      David Cameron came under pressure on Wednesday to clarify his election strategist’s links to the tobacco industry as Labour...

    27. July 16, 2013

      David Cameron accused of deflecting criticism with lobbying bill

      David Cameron is poised to publish a bill cracking down on union funding as the Tories try to shift the spotlight away from...

    28. July 16, 2013

      Lynton Crosby and the myth of neutrality

      Downing Street has told the FT that “[Lynton] Crosby is not employed by the government. He is an adviser to the Conservative...

    29. July 15, 2013

      David Cameron accused of hypocrisy over lobbyist’s visits

      David Cameron has been accused of hypocrisy after refusing to reveal details of visits by the business lobbyist Lynton...

    30. July 15, 2013

      Downing Street’s double-hatted man

      Before the 2010 election, David Cameron predicted that lobbying was the “next scandal waiting to happen”. The prescience of...

    31. July 15, 2013

      Labour seeks changes to lobbying bill after Crosby allegations

      The Labour party has called for amendments to the forthcoming lobbying bill following allegations that Lynton Crosby, the...

    32. July 2, 2013

      BoE regulator moves to address concerns over bank lobbying

      A top Bank of England official has agreed to draw up “ground rules” for lobbying and insisted the regulator will press ahead...

    33. June 9, 2013

      UK prime minister faces flak over lobbying scandals

      Labour has called on the prime minister to “show leadership” over a spate of Westminster lobbying scandals after Tim Yeo, a...

    34. June 4, 2013

      Threat to turn lobbying bill into human rights case

      Lobbying firms have threatened to take the government to the European courts claiming that plans to impose a statutory...

    35. June 3, 2013

      TUC sees lobby legislation as way to crack down on unions

      The Trades Union Congress has accused the coalition of a “politically motivated” stunt after it promised legislation to...

    36. June 3, 2013

      Lobbyists register could be less helpful than it seems

      Ministerial promises of a new “register of lobbyists” in the wake of two new political sleaze scandals could be less helpful...

    37. June 3, 2013

      Clegg says coalition will ‘clean up’ Westminster

      The deputy prime minister has said he will “clean up” Westminster’s political world and has called for reforms that go...

    38. June 2, 2013

      David Cameron plans lobbyists’ register and power to recall MPs

      David Cameron will bring forward stalled plans for a register of lobbyists and the power for constituents to recall errant...

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