Friday, 4 May 2012

Unlock Democracy: Kick Start Cambridge!

We want get Cambridge demanding an end to secretive lobbying. It is a critical issue. After years of seeing scandals surrounding Westminster and lobbyists, both the public and government agree that something needs to change. But how?

Unlock Democracy and Spinwatch have teamed up to host public meetings with local MPs to bring the lobbying debate to Cambridge and we’d like to invite you to help us. We want to hold a public meeting with your local Cambridgeshire MPs later this year and we’d like you to be part of making this happen.

Can you join us for a campaigns meeting?
With Unlock Democracy’s Director Peter Facey
Thursday 31st May – 7pm
Friends Meeting House, 12 Jesus Lane, Cambridge, CB5 8BA.

Rather than decide everything ourselves, we want to encourage local Cambridge people to take a lead and make it their public meeting.

The government's consultation on their proposals to reform lobbying formally ended a few weeks ago but the controversies surrounding lobbyists have continued to dominate the press with the recent revelations surrounding Jeremy Hunt coming out of the Leveson inquiry. The government appears to now recognise that its own proposals are too weak, with the minister in charge Mark Harper distancing himself from them at our meeting in Birmingham last month. They are now promising to produce a new set of proposals in the autumn.

Our Director, Peter Facey, will be giving a talk on campaigning for the lobbying register and how secret lobbying is eroding our democracy. We will follow this with a workshop on organising the campaign at a local level.

We have to campaign for a strong and transparent register of lobbying, so we know who is trying to influence whom. We need to be ready for the government’s new proposals later this year. We won't put up with people paying for policy. Whether you are already interested in getting involved or need convincing, please come to our meeting to find out more information..

Let’s make sure Cambridge plays its part in ensuring we open up lobbying!

With best wishes,

Emily Randall
Campaigns and Outreach Officer