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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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Unite calls trade union curbs 'a grotesque insult'

Unite has called the Prime Minister's decision to include curbs on trade union election spending in the lobbying bill "a grotesque insult".

A spokesman for the trade union said: "This is an outrageous attempt to point the finger of blame elsewhere by a Tory Party that accepts more than 50 percent of its funding from a handful of super-rich businessmen".

Unite is unhappy with the decision the include curbs on trade union election spending in the lobbying bill. Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

"Union funding for the Labour Party comes from individual members, ordinary men and women, and is totally transparent.

"How dare this Government suggest that their membership is somehow on the par with a man who defiled the office of MP by hawking himself for a few quid. This is a grotesque insult".

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