The influence of corporate lobbying has undermined our political system, according to nearly 96% of respondents to our recent survey.

Labour members identified corporate lobbying as having an influence on housing policy (84%), healthcare policy (93%), education policy (72%), transport policy (75%), planning (80%), defence policy (89%), foreign policy (84%) , energy policy (85%) and within local government (85%).

While only 40% had any evidence that Labour representatives have been implicated in corporate lobbying, 80% believed that the party’s reputation had been damaged by it.

Owing to the perceived damage done to the Labour, over 80% believed that party representatives should be instructed not to accept ‘freebies’ from commercial interests.

On Wednesday’s Labour Grassroots, we will be hearing from a Labour Council leader in London who has banned lobbyists and will also be hearing from members across the country about their views on the matter.

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4 Comments

  1. 20 years ago I worked for an IT company and we wanted to try and talk to politicians and officials, and yes – we wanted to influence their decisions. BUT…there are two points to be made.
    1. Much more influence is exerted on officials – they are actually more important than politicians who rarely get involved in procurement decisions. Officials advise and normally politicians rubber stamp – so influencing the officials is much more important.
    2. Politicians (and a lot of officials) are blindingly and hopelessly ignorant and incompetent about procurement and products. The catalogue of IT and other procurement disasters stems directly from this incompetence. We have to encourage a dialogue with suppliers before procurement specs are issued otherwise the specs simply entrench incompetence in the purchase.
    So I agree – stop the freebies – but encourage meetings and dialogues.

  2. Interesting that charities are BANNED (gagged from speaking out about crises in our society) because they could influence the electorate but lobbyists can influence elections (including Leadership elections) by funnelling money in return for policies and agendas that favour them. Total hypocrisy – how is this even allowed to happen?? I can smell the hypocrisy. Rotten to the core. Corbyn would have changed that.

    https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/nov/20/charities-call-for-end-gagging-law-lobbying-act-run-up-elections

  3. After years in purchasing I did not expect to accept any freeby including meals, even the Christmas Bottle had to be annonimised and put into a pool for employees. There is no such thing as free lunch.

  4. It was good to hear that Jeremy Corbyn forbade his MPs from dealing with lobbyists. Apparently two ignored this instruction and one of these is now Leader!

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