CIPR calls for clarity on MPs on lobbying register
The inclusion of a Member of Parliament (MP) in the Statutory Register of Lobbyists has called into question the rules governing MPs.
It is hard to see how an MP can fall within the remit of the statutory lobbying register and at the same time comply with the MP’s Code of Conduct which says ‘No Member shall act as a paid advocate in any proceeding of the House’.
The Commissioner for Standards in Public Life should now decide if registering as a Lobbyist is compatible with the rules of the House of Commons and the MPs Code of Conduct.
However, this pales into insignificance when you consider that the Statutory Register of Lobbyists covers only agency lobbying, as well as 1 MP, but does not include a single in-house lobbyist. People paid to influence public policy who are directly employed by some of the largest, corporations, charities, trade unions and trade associations are not included in the Government’s Lobbying Register.
The good news is that any lobbyist can join the UK Lobbying Register, which is owned and managed by the CIPR, to demonstrate their commitment to transparency.
CIPR and lobbying regulation
The CIPR operates the UK Lobbying Register (UKLR) - an open, universal and free register of individual lobbyists and lobbying organisations in the UK. Signing up to the UKLR demonstrates commitment to the highest standards of ethical conduct. UKLR registrants are:
- Accountable to a recognised industry code of conduct
- Committed to conduct lobbying in plain view
- Committed to the common good of the lobbying profession