Labour calls for more time to scrutinise Lobbying Bill


Shadow leader of the House Angela Eagle has called for the report stage of the Lobbying Bill to be delayed.

The Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill was published in July following allegations about links between lobbying firms, MPs and peers.

Ms Eagle said that plans for the report stage of the bill to be held on the first day back for MPs after the conference recess should be changed to give the House time to "consider changes to clause 26".

Clause 26 of the bill defines what spending should be controlled in the run-up to a general election.

Leader of the House Andrew Lansley said he had "no intention of delaying the report stage".

He insisted that the bill will be "scrutinised properly" and that an amendment, "the effect of which would be limited to clause 26", would be published on or before 1 October.

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