NEC members reiterated their opposition to the government’s bill on transparency of lobbying, non-party campaigning
and trade union administration.
the bill intends to establish a register for lobbyists, place caps on campaign expenditure during an election
year and seeks to access and monitor union records and correspondence with members.
far from cleaning up the lobbying industry, the measures will severely limit campaigning by trade unions, charities, and community and faith groups. Nor will the bill curb the influence of big business or other special interest groups.
Press officers answering media questions could find themselves having to log and
cost some of their work as “political” and be included in elections budgets. The register
will not include in-house lobbyists or law
and accountancy firms and it does not
require lobbyists to divulge the nature of their business. freelance PRs who do some lobby work as part of their portfolio could find they might have to register, whereas a multi-national PR company will not. The NUJ will continue to oppose the bill, working closely with the cross- party NUJ parliamentary group.
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