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Lobbying bill needs rewrite, Labour says

Wednesday 26 Sep 2012 11:53 a.m.

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By Political Editor Duncan Garner

The Green Party accepts its bill to crack down on lobbyists needs changes.

Green MP Holly Walker says her bill is aimed at shedding light on who is lobbying MPs when and about what.

But she's admitted this morning the bill needs changes and it may have unintended consequences.

“I have no doubt it needs changes,” says Ms Walker.

“I'm very open to this bill looking very different, but the public has a right to know who is influencing who.”

Labour MP Trevor Mallard says it needs a total rewrite.

He says it could mean MPs talking to people in the supermarket or on the sports fields are caught by this proposed law.

Mr Mallard says the Greens should have done more work on the bill before now.

“It's a bad piece of work, why wasn't the work done before it got to select committee,” says Mr Mallard.

Labour wants union officials exempt from the new law but National says that's unacceptable and they must be included.

Ms Walker says it's not her plan to exclude any areas like union engagement with MPs.

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