CA says Prince Charles’ advocacy letters should be produced – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted March 17th, 2014 in appeals, disclosure, freedom of information, lobbying, news, royal family by tracey

‘R (o.t.a Rob Evans) v. Attorney-General, Information Commissioner Interested Party, 12 March 2014.The Court of Appeal (reversing a strong court including the former Lord Chief Justice – see my previous post) has decided that correspondence between the Prince of Wales and various government departments should be released. A Guardian journalist had made a request under the Freedom of Information Act and the Environmental Information Regulations to see these documents. The Upper Tribunal had agreed that they should be disclosed.’

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Uk Human Rights Blog, 16th March 2014

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Prince Charles letters: attorney general acted unlawfully, say senior judges – The Guardian

‘Three senior judges have ruled that Dominic Grieve, the attorney general, acted unlawfully when he blocked the publication of letters written by Prince Charles to government ministers. The ruling, led by Lord Dyson, the head of the civil judiciary in England and Wales, paves the way for the release of the letters which reveal how the prince lobbied government ministers to change official policies.’

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The Guardian, 12th March 2014

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Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Act 2014

Posted January 31st, 2014 in elections, legislation, lobbying, third parties, trade unions by sally

Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Act 2014 published

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Theresa Villiers did not break ministerial code report finds – BBC News

Posted December 19th, 2013 in codes of practice, lobbying, ministers' powers and duties, news, reports, transport by tracey

‘Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers did not breach the ministerial code over a meeting with a lobbyist, an internal No 10 report has found. She had faced allegations that, as a transport minister, she failed to declare a meeting with a representative of a firm seeking to build a railway depot in the Hertfordshire green belt. But a report by the Cabinet Secretary Sir Jeremy Heyward has cleared her.’

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BBC News, 18th December 2013

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Short Cuts – London Review of Books

Posted December 12th, 2013 in bills, charities, elections, lobbying, news by sally

‘The Lobbying Bill – due to complete the Lords committee stage before Christmas – is intended ‘to ensure that people know whose interests are being represented by consultant lobbyists who make representations to government’. Part One provides that lobbyists must disclose the names of their clients four times a year in a public register; there will be a registrar to enforce compliance, and sanctions for non-compliance. This should make ministers more cautious about promoting policies that favour special interests, and should make special interest groups more cautious in their dealings with ministers. Those who want to engage in this type of lobbying, and can afford it, can properly be expected to bear the costs of regulation.’

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London Review of Books, 19th December 2013

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Prince Charles faces fresh challenge to secret communications with ministers – The Guardian

‘Prince Charles is to face a fresh challenge to his secret communication channel to government ministers when a court is asked to reveal whether he lobbied for an exemption to property laws affecting his £800m estate.’

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The Guardian, 3rd December 2013

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Government to amend lobbying regulation plans – BBC News

Posted September 27th, 2013 in bills, charities, elections, freedom of expression, lobbying, news by tracey

“The government has proposed a series of amendments to its lobbying bill, after charities and voluntary groups raised concerns they could be gagged.”

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BBC News, 26th September 2013

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Charities force anti-lobbying laws rethink – BBC News

Posted September 9th, 2013 in bills, charities, lobbying, news by tracey

“Ministers have amended their plans for new anti-lobbying laws after charities warned the bill could affect their ability to campaign.”

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BBC News, 6th September 2013

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Jacob Rowbottom: Third Party Spending Controls and the Lobbying Bill – UK Constitutional Law Group

Posted September 5th, 2013 in bills, elections, lobbying, news, third parties by sally

“The Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill is proving to be controversial for various reasons – not least for proposing amendments to controls on third party spending during election campaigns (under the current law independent organisations have to register with the Electoral Commission if they spend over a certain amount on election material, and such spending is subject to an overall cap). Many of the criticisms have focused on the potential for the proposed law to apply to the political speech of charities, think tanks, blogs and campaign groups.”

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UK Constitutional Law Group, 4th September 2013

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Lobbying Bill: Government rejects warning by charities that new law will have ‘chilling effect’ – The Independent

Posted September 4th, 2013 in bills, charities, lobbying, news, public interest by sally

“Downing Street has rejected warnings by charities that its new lobbying legislation would restrict voluntary organisations from campaigning on matters of public interest.”

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The Independent, 2nd September 2013

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New lobbying bill will affect charities’ ability to campaign on political issues – The Guardian

Posted August 27th, 2013 in bills, budgets, charities, lobbying, news by tracey

“The Electoral Commission, Britain’s elections watchdog, has concluded that government plans to curb political campaigning by charities before a general election are flawed and in part unworkable.”

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The Guardian, 26th August 2013

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Political lobbying law is a dog’s breakfast, says MP – BBC News

Posted August 19th, 2013 in bills, lobbying, news by tracey

“David Cameron’s planned law to stop lobbying scandals is ‘a dog’s breakfast’, according to the head of the Commons committee examining it.”

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BBC News, 19th August 2013

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Newspaper given permission to appeal block on publication of Prince Charles’ letters to ministers – OUT-LAW.com

Posted July 29th, 2013 in appeals, disclosure, freedom of information, lobbying, media, news, royal family, veto by sally

“The Guardian has been given permission to appeal a High Court decision blocking the publication of letters from Prince Charles to Government ministers, it has said.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 26th July 2013

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Lobbyist register plan outlined by ministers – BBC News

Posted July 18th, 2013 in bills, lobbying, news, parliament, trade unions by tracey

“Ministers have outlined plans for a statutory register of lobbyists, saying it would boost public confidence about outside influence on decision-making.”

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BBC News, 17th July 2013

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So we cannot see Prince Charles’ advocacy letters after all – UK Human Rights Blog

“As we all know, the Prince of Wales has his own opinions. And he has shared those opinions with various government departments. Our claimant, a Guardian journalist, thought it would be interesting and important for the rest of us to see those opinions. So he made a request under the Freedom of Information Act and the Environmental Information Regulations to see these documents.”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 9th July 2013

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Statutes in limbo: the campaign is not won until the law has been brought fully into effect – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted May 24th, 2013 in legislation, lobbying, news by tracey

“The passing of the Defamation Act 2013 was the cause of great celebration among campaigners for libel reform. This post is not concerned with the legal and social merits of that piece of legislation, which questions I will leave for more learned correspondents. No, amid all the excitement, and prompted by posts on Twitter from @JackofKent and @HalsburysStats, I was struck, as is my wont, by a seemingly minor and technical point of statute law. This post therefore concerns a more general point about the coming into force of Acts of Parliament.”

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 21st May 2013

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Barnsley curfew for under-16s is discriminatory, say campaigners – The Guardian

Posted April 2nd, 2013 in age discrimination, human rights, lobbying, news, time limits, young persons by sally

“Civil rights campaigners have condemned a council curfew banning all unaccompanied young people from a town centre at night as unlawful.”

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The Guardian, 30th March 2013

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Lobbyists’ code of conduct bill to be debated for first time in parliament – The Guardian

Posted February 1st, 2013 in bills, lobbying, news, parliament, professional conduct by tracey

“Lobbyists working in Westminster or local government would have to sign a public register and agree to a code of conduct under a bill being debated for the first time in parliament on Friday.”

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The Guardian, 1st February 2013

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High Court judge warned to keep a ‘lower profile’ after speaking out for marriage – Daily Telegraph

Posted December 5th, 2012 in complaints, judges, lobbying, marriage, news by sally

“A High Court judge has been warned to keep a ‘lower profile’ after speaking out in favour of marriage, after a complaint his view was “incompatible” with his responsibilities.”

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Daily Telegraph, 5th December 2012

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Former military chiefs generals could be banned from access in wake of ‘generals for hire’ allegations – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 15th, 2012 in armed forces, corruption, inquiries, lobbying, news by tracey

“Former generals and military chiefs could be banned from contacting ministers and defence officials in the wake of an alleged access for hire scandal.”

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Daily Telegraph, 15th October 2012

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