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Speaker 'suspends House passes'

Speaker John Bercow has reportedly ordered the suspension of more than 80 House of Commons passes amid concerns over lobbying.The Government will bring forward a bill to introduce a statutory register of lobbyists by the summer, Downing Street said.

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Nick Clegg's reform plans to 'clean up' politics

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has pledged to introduce new regulation to tackle lobbying. Among his reforms, detailed in The Telegraph, are:

  • A new power of recall

In the remaining two years of this parliament there are still a number of worthwhile changes we can make. One is a new power of recall, where any MP guilty of serious misconduct could be forced to resign if enough of their constituents wanted them to. We need to tread carefully though: kangaroo courts are as corrosive for our democracy as errant MPs. So the new mechanism must not be open to abuse by political opponents looking to oust one another from their parliamentary seats.

– Nick Clegg writing in The Telegraph
  • A statutory register of lobbyists

Another is better regulation of the lobbying industry through a statutory register of lobbyists... As set out in the Coalition Agreement, the Prime Minister and I are both determined that the register should go ahead as part of a broad package of measures to clean up the way politics is done in this country.

– Nick Clegg writing in The Telegraph

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