Number 10 may come under pressure to account for their arrangements with an adviser to David Cameron — who reportedly persuaded counterparts in Washington DC to adopt an events scheme run by his lobbyist girlfriend. Former entertainment industry executive Mike Weatherley entered the Commons in 2010 pledging to be “a parliamentary champion of film and music”. He won’t have disappointed his former bosses, setting up […]

How can an MP avoid declaring an interest before their particularly ill-tempered debate interventions on behalf of the tobacco industry? When they’ve given those free hospitality tickets to a member of their staff! Parliamentary registers reveal corporate tickets to Kings of Leon and Girls Aloud, receptions and a dinner and viewings at the Royal Academy were given to one […]

The Tory MP at the centre of a scandal over his business interests is a paid adviser to legal loansharks, according to parliamentary records. Mark Pritchard — who has been caught offering his British political contacts to broker an Eastern European business deal — receives £18,000 per year as an adviser to the Consumer Credit Association, the trade body […]

David Cameron’s controversial adviser Lynton Crosby is set for a cash windfall with the election of Tony Abbott’s new Liberal government in Australia. New filings to the Australian lobbyists register reveal that CrosbyTextor — a firm Crosby owns jointly with pollster Mark Textor — has increased its portfolio of clients from, errrr, zero to twenty. While […]

Showing remarkable prescience, if not self awareness, David Cameron previously claimed lobbying was “the next big scandal waiting to happen”. And when Stephen Byers infamously described himself as like a “cab for hire” in March 2010, he demanded an official inquiry, saying the scandal: “… goes to the heart of the issue of the integrity of government.” Two […]

With the fallout from Bell Pottinger’s very own PR nightmare drifting towards Number 10 earlier this afternoon, the prime minister’s official spokesman raised more than a few eyebrows when he broke ranks to claim that no lobbying firm has influenced the government: “It simply isn’t true to say that Bell Pottinger or any other lobbying […]

The Independent have, to use the vernacular, torn lobbyists Bell Pottinger a new one this morning with a hidden camera laying bare their pitch to undercover journalists. Posing as representatives of Uzbek president Islam Karimov, whose repertoire includes boiling his political opponents alive, the Bureau of Investigative Journalism recorded the spinners’ boasts of access to […]

The Liberal Democrats courted public sector bodies for a day of party conference hospitality costing £1,545 per head, Scrapbook can reveal.  While Nick Clegg preached austerity to the conference hall, guests at the party’s ‘Corporate Day’ watched from their “VIP seating” having already enjoyed a “banquet lunch” offered to taxpayer-funded organisations as part of an aggressive marketing campaign. […]