Coalition’s Transparency Bill

Today, the Government published its Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill.  It marks a major and rather unexpected advance on the position only a couple of months ago.

As the Bill goes through Parliament, we will be arguing that the new information it brings into the public domain must be coupled with much . . . → Read More: Coalition’s Transparency Bill

Time to end ‘influence auction’ – Tyler

In light of today’s revelations about a £1.5m share donation to Labour, Constitutional Affairs Spokesperson Lord Tyler has called for an end to the ‘influence auction’ in politics.

Challenging Labour to co-operate with party funding reform, he said, in the Lords, “All three parties committed themselves to taking big money out of politics. Can he confirm that . . . → Read More: Time to end ‘influence auction’ – Tyler

Funding Democracy – Breaking the Deadlock

A Draft Bill to illustrate how key recommendations of the Committee on Standards in Public Life’s report on Party Political Finance could be implemented has been published at a cross-party seminar today.  The Bill also makes the first serious attempt to deal with the possibility than non-party campaigns could seek to influence the 2014 European Elections, . . . → Read More: Funding Democracy – Breaking the Deadlock