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Lobbying proposals draw criticism from PR body

Proposals by government to introduce a statutory lobbying register could undermine legitimate lobbying of civil servants and politicians.

23rd June, 2012

Proposals by government to introduce a statutory lobbying register could undermine legitimate lobbying of civil servants and politicians by imposing over-the-top bureaucratic demands, according to Laurie Mannix, chairman of the Public Relations Consultants Association.

The introduction of legislation which would require lobbying organisations to record all phone calls and email exchanges with politicians and civil servants would discourage the exchange of views and drive valuable political engagement underground, said Mannix. "We cannot have a situation...

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