The Public Relations and Communications Association (PRCA) Public Affairs Board has responded to the news that former Prime Minister, David Cameron, has been cleared of wrongdoing in a ruling by the Office of the Registrar of Consultant Lobbyists (ORCL).
The decision follows an investigation into whether Mr Cameron should have registered as a consultant lobbyist while working for US biotech group Illumina. ORCL began its investigation in August following media reports that the former Prime Minister lobbied UK government ministers on behalf of the company.
PRCA Public Affairs Board Chair Liam Herbert FPRCA said:
“The regulator has found that Mr Cameron’s communication with government officials was within the rules. But the rules are broken. Politicians must not be allowed to jump from public service to public affairs immediately after leaving office. Our Six-Point Public Confidence Plan lobbying reforms urges the Government to ban Ministers from taking paid lobbying roles for at least five years after leaving office.”
Read lobbying industry’s Six-Point Public Confidence Plan