ERS Scotland & Unlock Democracy invite you to join us to hear all the latest on the lobbying inquiry in Scotland and the UK Lobbying Act:
The UK government have spectacularly failed to clean up lobbying in Westminster. By introducing a toothless lobbying register and attacking the third sector, the UK government are sending out a clear message that lobbying is a problem - just not one they are prepared to fix
Meanwhile, Holyrood is asking whether ‘lobbying is a problem for Scotland?’. Do we need to worry when the big lobbying scandals seem contained to Westminster? Or is it already happening but going unnoticed? Would a register make a difference? Will Scotland lead the way for transparency in the UK?
We are hosting a public debate with the Electoral Reform Society Scotland to answer these questions. We are bringing together views from both sides of the debate for our panel:
Following short statements from our panel members, we are keen to hear what you have to say and will be taking taking contributions from the floor. Do you think lobbying is a problem or simply a part of democracy? This is the perfect opportunity to kick off the debate about lobbying in Scotland.
We are expecting a great turnout so please get there as soon as possible to ensure we get off to a prompt start. This event is for you if you work as a lobbyist, if you’re interested in how lobbying works, or if you don’t really know what lobbying is. This is also your chance to find out what happens next with the UK Lobbying Act and the impact for Scotland.
We hope that you can join us for what promises to be a lively and insightful debate.Plus free tea and coffee will be provided!