CIPR writes to all new MPs with guide to professional lobbying

The Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) has written to all 140 new MPs and the 15 former MPs who have been re-elected following the 2019 general election with a copy of our Guide to Professional Lobbying (download via this page). The Guide sets out the standards of acceptable behaviour for professional lobbyists, what MPs should expect if they are approached by lobbyists, and what action they can take if they have concerns. It also uses the opportunity to introduce the UK Lobbying Register (UKLR) managed the CIPR. We would like…

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New lobbying guidance welcome but still fails to address fundamental problems says CIPR

CIPR welcomes new guidance from the Registrar of Consultant Lobbyists and is pleased that our responses to both consultations – in relation to registerable communications and codes of conduct, respectively – have been accepted and will be reflected in the next revision of the guidance. However, there remains concerns that the overall legislation still does not go far enough in providing the public with access to meaningful and accurate information about lobbying beyond consultant lobbying. “These changes are welcome and the Registrar has done a great job within his remit,…

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PRCA welcomes Ruth Davidson’s decision not to take Tulchan role

The Public Relations and Communications Association (PRCA) has welcomed Ruth Davidson’s decision to turn down a role at Tulchan Communications. The PRCA had previously condemned the original appointment, arguing it was unethical for legislators to work for lobbying agencies. Francis Ingham MPRCA, Director General, PRCA said: “I’d like to congratulate Ruth Davidson on making the right call in these challenging circumstances. This is a good decision for the industry and for politics in general. Our Code of Conduct explicitly prohibits sitting MPs and MSPs from working for lobbying agencies. It’s…

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Public Affairs Board welcomes proposed lobbying code consultation

The Public Affairs Board – representing a majority of organisations declaring a code of conduct on the Register of Consultant Lobbyists – has welcomed proposals for a new consultation on codes and their relevancy to lobbying. In answer to a question from Jon Trickett MP about codes of conduct and the Office of the Registrar of Consultant Lobbyists, Kevin Foster MP, Interim Parliamentary Secretary (Minister for the Constitution), Cabinet Office, noted that it was for the Registrar of Consultant Lobbyists to determine whether a code of conduct that a registrant…

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Think tanks and lobbying: statutory register must be expanded

Responding the recent press coverage about alleged links between think tanks and the lobbying process, the Public Relations and Communications Association (PRCA) has welcomed comments from Alison White, Registrar of Consultant Lobbyists, and again called for the statutory lobbying register to be expanded to include all lobbyists rather than simply some third-party consultants.  Francis Ingham MPRCA, Director General, PRCA, said: “Think tanks play a vibrant and vital part in the political process. But recent coverage simply adds to the mistaken belief that somehow the lobbying process is unethical and broken.…

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