Lord Adebowale joins the debate on the Lobbying Bill

News item posted: 17 March 2017

Speaking at the second reading debate of the Transparency of Lobbying, Non-party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill in the House of Lords, Lord Adebowale said:

"Social change occurs because of people outside these Chambers taking up concerns that we do not yet know of and lobbying people such as us ... precisely when the local and national elections are in the minds of the public and the lobbyists."

He also said that the Bill "sends the wrong signal about how we value the opinions of people who do not have the privileges that we have to pontificate about the nature of democracy... It does not create an understanding of how public policy works and how social change should happen in a civilised country and it does not shed enough light on the true nature of lobbying in this country."

He told the House that his concern was the impact of the Bill on the people who do not have access but have concerns about how their communities and society works, "who want to make a difference and who deserve to be heard."