Lobbying 48: new MP taken aback by lobbying pressure

Political Concern

Source: Ars Notoria, ‘Wilderness years for the Labour Left’, by Paul Halas* (extracts & an added passage from the Coventry Telegraph)

When she first entered Parliament last year, the MP for Coventry South, Zarah Sultana, was taken aback by the volume of lobbying pressure she was immediately subjected to. This included gifts: a food hamper from Heathrow, alongside a letter setting out the benefits of a third runway at the airport, a gift box from Google, a gift box from Sky and beer from a brewery.

She spoke in a parliamentary debate on tax avoidance on the issue this week, criticising what she sees as efforts by big business to lobby MPs and “buy influence”, ending:

“The super-rich do not spend their money on MPs out of generosity and out of the goodness of their hearts – they want something in return. Let us be honest: this wealth is used to…

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