Shadow minister for civil society Lisa Nandy has confirmed that Labour remains committed to strengthening both the remit and powers of the Registrar of Consultant Lobbyists, the Cabinet Office post with oversight of the implementation and operation of the lobbyist registrar.
Labour has repeatedly called for a “universal” register which would cover a much wider range of public affairs professionals, including those working in-house.
Labour’s proposals would address one of the key concerns of lobbying industry trade bodies who have consistently objected to the narrow coverage of the Government’s register of lobbyists.
The move comes after the Political and Constitutional Reform Committee this week approved Alison White, the Cabinet Office’s preferred candidate, for the role.
Nandy said: “We’ve been clear from the beginning that there does need to be some oversight of that register, some way to make decisions about some of the grey areas in this. So a role is important. Whether it’s constituted in the way that this government has set up this lobbying tsar is something that we’re looking at.
“It’s something we’re watching closely. It’s unlikely that role would stay exactly as it is, because the proposals we have are so drastically different. So whether that means different powers or a different remit, that’s something we’re looking at.”