At the end of last year, the Tories announced they would introduce new financial controls on lobbying as part of a wider plan to scale back ‘Whitehall spin’.
Since then, they’ve been a bit quiet on the issue. So quiet, in fact, that I was beginning to wonder if they might be quietly shelving this policy.
Then a letter dropped in to the PR Week inbox, from shadow cabinet office minister Nick Hurd:
‘The latest research from the Taxpayers’ Alliance that government is spending £37m a year on lobbying government highlights the bureaucratic state we’re in under Labour. This expenditure is waste of taxpayers’ money…
‘A Conservative Government will follow the example of the United States, introducing rules to stop central public sector bodies hiring lobbyists to bid for more funds or legislative favours….’
The full letter is in this week’s magazine.
Clearly Nick Hurd does not intend to let this one go…