Francis Ingham is the Director General of the Public Relations Consultants Association, and Executive Director of the global body, the International Communications Consultancy Organisation. He is a former Conservative Councillor on the London Borough of Enfield; a member of various LGA and ALG Executives; and was general election agent for Edmonton in 2005.
On Monday, the Government announced that it would be introducing a statutory register of lobbyists. It did so in response to two recent media stings on Parliamentarians, caught on camera, with them apparently accepting money from lobbyists for work they are specifically precluded from undertaking
The Register will compel lobbyists who work for agencies to list their staff details and the names of their clients. Nick Clegg claims this will 'clean up' politics
So you'd be right in thinking that lobbyists pay politicians, right? Wrong. It doesn’t happen.