Unlock Democracy brings us the news that over 7000 people co-signed their letter to the Government demanding more transparency in government lobbying and 68,000 people signed a 38 Degrees petition:
Today, as the official consultation on proposals to introduce transparency regulations for lobbyists comes to an end, campaigners sent a big message to the government calling for it to rethink its plans.
Unlock Democracy and 38 Degrees handed over a huge petition of over 74,000 signatures* from members of the public calling for an end to secrecy in lobbying.
The petition calls on the government to create a robust compulsory register of lobbyists, which would reveal who is lobbying whom, what is being discussed and how much money is being spent on lobbying. It also calls for the whole of the lobbying industry to be covered by the new rules, not just the minority of agency lobbyists that the government currently proposes.
Over 1,300 members of the public submitted full consultation responses to the government through Unlock Democracy’s website.