The Revolving Door: Watchdog is Toothless

The Revolving Door: Watchdog is Toothless

The revolving door watchdog, the Advisory Committee of Business Appointments (ACoBA), appears to have finally shown some teeth in refusing to approve a retrospective application from the MOD’s former HR chief. But he will still be able to take up the role.

ACoBA’s exists to try and prevent former public officials from exploiting their government contacts or using insider information for the benefit of private employers. Ministers and senior civil servants are expected to seek advice before accepting positions outside government. But when the Armed Forces charity, Soldiers’, Sailors’ and Airmen’s Family Association, announced their appointment of  Sir Andrew Gregory, it was the first ACoBA had heard of it.

The committee sent a letter to Sir Gregory expressing their ‘concern’ about his late application and refusing to give their approval. However, as ACoBA is only an advisory body there is nothing stopping him from taking the appointment anyway.

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New lobbying register law to be debated in House of Lords

New lobbying register law to be debated in House of Lords

A new law which would replace the lobbying register introduced in 2014 will be debated in the House of Lords this Friday (9 September 2016). The Private Members Bill, to be introduced by Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe, would provide greater transparency over professional organisations seeking to influence UK politicians.

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Theresa May’s chance to shine a light on lobbying

Theresa May’s chance to shine a light on lobbying

Just before he took power back in 2010, David Cameron described lobbying as “the next big scandal waiting to happen”. He was right. But six years later, not much has changed. Theresa May has promised a government that is driven ‘not by the interests of the privileged few’ but by ordinary people. Will her words prove more meaningful than her predecessor?

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How can democratic reform help win campaigns on the issues that matter to you?

How can democratic reform help win campaigns on the issues that matter to you?

A week after the historic Brexit vote, we summoned allies from the four corners of the campaigning world to plot what comes next for democracy. Together we tackled one big issue for campaigners - after the EU referendum vote, how can democratic reform help win campaigns on the issues that matter to you?

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