What one MP’s side job tells us about the failings of the UK’s lobbying register

What one MP’s side job tells us about the failings of the UK’s lobbying register

This week Barry Sheerman became the first sitting MP to sign up to UK’s the statutory lobbying register, as the result of his role as the Chairman of Policy Connect. The idea that MPs can run organisations that undertake lobbying activity sits uncomfortably, and serious questions must be asked about what this says about the state of lobbying regulation in the UK.

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The Repeal Bill: Our first impressions

The Repeal Bill: Our first impressions

Yesterday the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill (or as we have come to know it “the Repeal Bill”) was published. This is one of the most broad and constitutionally significant bills to go through Parliament and will have massive ramifications for us all, and future generations. We’re still going through the fine print but here are our initial thoughts.

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A day of constitutional chaos...what now?

A day of constitutional chaos...what now?

The shock result of a hung Parliament has left British politics in chaos. The Conservative Party have made a deal with the DUP and Theresa May has gone to Buckingham Palace to seek permission from the Queen to form a government.  We answer your burning constitutional questions about what happens now. 

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Political parties are in the deep pockets of the dodgy donors that funded the election

Political parties are in the deep pockets of the dodgy donors that funded the election

Bankers, residents of the Bahamas, real estate moguls, and big oil executives. If you think this sounds like a list of those making up the global elite, then you’d be right. It’s also a list of some of the individuals and private companies that dug into their deep pockets to fund political parties’ activities during the general election campaign.

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The proposals that threaten to turn back the clock on electoral reform

The proposals that threaten to turn back the clock on electoral reform

The publication of the Tory manifesto brought with it a nasty and unexpected surprise. In the past the Conservatives have repeatedly failed to promise to replace our unfair voting system, but this time they went one step further. Not only did they pledge to keep First Past the Post in parliamentary elections; they also promised to extend this electoral system to the few fairer elections we do have.

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