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    1. April 20, 2016

      Tax havens to attend Labour conference but McDonald’s is banned

      Ministers from Jersey and Guernsey have been given the green light to attend the Labour party’s annual conference this...

    2. March 30, 2016

      Do not let petty lobbying laws starve the body politic

      Should Oxfam, a charity, advocate tougher tax rules for multinational companies? Should local authorities fund...

    1. March 24, 2016

      Scientists should be free to influence policies like sugar tax

      My spirits soared when I heard of the Sock Doctrine. Finally, science had cracked the enigma of why pairs of socks are...

    2. March 11, 2016

      Budget 2016 and business: the wishlists

      With less than a week until the UK’s 2016 Budget, the FT summarises what lobby groups are asking for: Confederation of...

    3. February 17, 2016

      Pickles steps up attack on union funds

      The government has stepped up its rhetoric on trade unions’ political activities as Sir Eric Pickles claimed unions...

    4. February 2, 2016

      Digital democracy divides Westminster

      When Barbara Gordon heard the government was consulting on the future of the BBC, she fired up her email and sent off...

    5. January 27, 2016

      Political lobbying register criticised as ‘feeble’

      Ministers have been criticised for setting up a “feeble” register of lobbyists, after it emerged that only two law...

    6. December 21, 2015

      Telegraph fined for emailing readers to vote for Conservatives

      The Daily Telegraph has been fined £30,000 by the data regulator for emailing its readers on election day and urging...

    7. December 16, 2015

      Prince Charles receives confidential Cabinet papers

      Prince Charles has regularly received confidential government documents for the past 30 years, a three-year Freedom of...

    8. December 8, 2015

      Pro-Corbyn activist group moves to prevent ‘party within a party’

      Momentum, the pro-Corbyn grass roots organisation, will ban members of rival parties to Labour from any positions...

    9. December 6, 2015

      UK companies urged to improve lobbying transparency

      Many of the UK’s largest companies shroud their lobbying efforts in secrecy and do not disclose their political...

    10. October 16, 2015

      Lobbyists lured to slick SNP conference

      “I preferred it when conferences were smaller,” says one kilted Nationalist, a member of the party for half a century....

    11. September 22, 2015

      Challenger banks appeal to George Osborne over UK tax rules

      Challengers to the big high street banks are appealing to George Osborne to “level the playing field”, warning that...

    12. September 20, 2015

      Nervous City begins ‘voyage of discovery’ with Labour leadership

      The City of London has embarked on a Labour party charm offensive as concern mounts in the Square Mile over the radical...

    13. September 7, 2015

      Science leaders appeal to Osborne to spare sector from cuts

      An unprecedented coalition of almost 200 life sciences organisations in the private and public sectors has come...

    14. July 2, 2015

      UK summer Budget: wishlists

      As George Osborne, the chancellor, puts the finishing touches to his summer Budget, groups with a keen interest in his...

    15. June 10, 2015

      UK bank levy and ringfence head list of City of London grievances

      The full lobbying power of the City of London has swung into action, as bankers, insurers and asset managers seek to...

    16. June 4, 2015

      Poor hospital food pained Prince Charles, letters show

      Second batch of ‘black spider memos’ delivered Prince Charles railed against poor hospital food and urged the...

    17. 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”...

    18. 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...

    19. 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...

    20. 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...

    21. 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...

    22. 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...

    23. 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...

    24. 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...

    25. 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...

    26. February 23, 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...

    27. 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...

    28. 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...

    29. 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...

    30. 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...

    31. 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...

    32. 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...

    33. 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...

    34. 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...

    35. 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,...

    36. September 8, 2013

      Rush and repent

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

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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