Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill — New Clause 4 — Code of Conduct for Registered Lobbyists — 8 Oct 2013 at 21:00
Oliver Letwin MP, West Dorset voted against a code of conduct for registered lobbyists.
The majority of MPs voted against a proposal to introduce a code of conduct for registered lobbyists.The code would have been prepared following consultation, forbidden "inappropriate financial relations between registered persons and Parliamentarians are strictly forbidden" and would those breaching it would have been liable to civil penalties (in the same way a failure to register would be subject to such penalties).
MPs were considering the Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill. A vote was held on the defeated motion:
- I beg to move, That the clause be read a Second time.
The rejected clause in question was "New Clause 4"; it was titled "Duty to apply a code of conduct" and stated
- (1) The Registrar shall, after wide consultation with relevant stakeholders including the Political and Constitutional Reform Select Committee, prepare a code of conduct with which all registered persons will be required to comply, and may produce revised codes from time to time.
- (2) The Secretary of State must lay any professional lobbying code of conduct before Parliament.
- (3) Any code shall provide that any inappropriate financial relations between registered persons and Parliamentarians are strictly forbidden.
- (4) An organisation or person included on the register which contravenes the provisions of the code of conduct shall be liable to civil penalties as set out in section 14.’.
-  Clause 26 of the Transparency of Lobbying, Non-party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill (as amended in the Committee) published on 12 September 2013
-  Amendment sheet for consideration of the Transparency of Lobbying, Non-party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill on 8 October 2013
Votes by party, red entries are votes against the majority for that party.
What is Tell? '+1 tell' means that in addition one member of that party was a teller for that division lobby.
What are Boths? An MP can vote both aye and no in the same division. The boths page explains this.
What is Turnout? This is measured against the total membership of the party at the time of the vote.
|Party||Majority (No)||Minority (Aye)||Both||Turnout|
|Con||249 (+1 tell)||0||0||82.0%|
|Lab||0||207 (+2 tell)||0||81.0%|
|LDem||43 (+1 tell)||0||0||78.6%|