EXCLUSIVE: The vast majority of public question action on lobbying, the survey finds

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“70% of voters think more controls are needed to curb political lobbying in the UK, compared to only 4% who disagree.”

An overwhelming majority of voters support tough action to curb lobbying in the UK political system, a poll exclusive to LFF revealed.

The poll results come after disgraced Conservative MP Owen Paterson resigned despite government efforts to get him out of trouble after it was discovered that he committed a “glaring” violation of lobbying rules. Paterson was found to have “repeatedly” used his position as an MP for the benefit of two companies that paid him as a consultant following an investigation by Parliamentary Standards Commissioner Kathryn Stone.

According to our survey, conducted by Savanta: ComRes, 70% of voters believe more controls are needed to curb political lobbying in the UK, compared to only 4% who disagree. 83% of those aged 65 and over supported stricter rules to limit lobbying in UK politics, as did 53% of 18-24 year olds.

With the sleazy conservative storm continuing, our poll also showed that 76% of Conservative voters also support tighter lobbying controls, as do 77% of Labor voters and 84% of Liberal Democrat voters. .

There has also been widespread anger and condemnation of cronyism in the government, especially the way the government has delivered Covid contracts. Transparency International said one in five government Covid contracts awarded between February and November 2020 contained one or more red flags for possible corruption and urgently required further investigation.

It was also revealed that the government had VIP lanes for some companies bidding on contracts due to their political connections. Randox won a Covid test contract worth £ 133 million just days before government officials confirmed they did not have enough equipment, according to documents. The company was in the media spotlight after it was revealed that Paterson had lobbied on their behalf.

Our survey also found that 78% of respondents believe more action is needed to ensure public procurement is awarded fairly in the UK, with only 3% disagree. 92% of people aged 65 and over believe more action is needed to ensure public procurement is fairly awarded in the UK, as do 59% of young people aged 18-24 years.

Regarding party affiliation, 84% of Conservative party voters agree that more action is needed to ensure public procurement is fairly awarded in the UK, as do 86% of voters Labor and 94% of the Liberal Democratic voters.

Representative survey of 2231 GB adults. Prepared by Savanta: ComRes

Basit Mahmood is the editor of Left Foot Forward

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