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Labour Supports Disclosure Register for Lobbyists

Labour Supports Disclosure Register for Lobbyists

Those who lobby Ministers for a living should have to register their activities, says Labour's Justice Spokesperson Charles Chauvel.

Mr Chauvel confirmed that Labour's caucus decided yesterday to give support in principle to a proposed private member's bill from Green MP Sue Kedgley to require registration of lobbyists.

"We agree that transparency around lobbying is appropriate. Ministers are responsible for decisions that can affect people's economic and personal interests to a very great extent. It should be possible to know who has lobbied them, when the lobbying has occurred, and on whose behalf it has been done".

"We will be asking for a copy of the bill so we can review its details and determine whether our 'in principle' support will be able to extend to supporting its detailed provisions", Charles Chauvel said.

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