According to the blurb, (sponsored by the 2nd biggest beeyatch to private undeclared lobbyists ever, one Andrew Lansley MP )
introduces a statutory register of consultant lobbyists and establishes a Registrar to enforce the registration requirements
regulates more closely election campaign spending by those not standing for election or registered as political parties
strengthens the legal requirements placed on trade unions in relation to their obligation to keep their list of members up to date.
It also provides a framework to crimninally prosecute and silence non-political paties from spending more than a piddling amount of money lobbying in the 12 months before elections, including local and euro. This does not seem to silence the looney views of UKIP and the BNP, but it will considerably quieten the often more resonable and representative voices of all manner of charities, volontary organisations and apolitical/politically unaligned/unbiased movements such as the CTC, countryside alliance. Neither will it have any teeth to combat the behind-closed-doors favours for mates of which the Sponsor Andrew Lansley MP has been so often associated with by the press. IMHO this is the real issue: most recently so brazenly dodged by Cameron in the smoking packaging u-turn recently (when is your paid political adviser actually acting in the interested of the Tobacco industry and when is he doing his job properly? )
I am suprised to see the CTC not making more noise about this: I guess they feel they have a lot to lose currently in terms of this government's apparent support of cycling but lets not pretend that the relatively welcoming stance towards cycling will be maintained by any flavour government in a few years time.
Anyway, email your MP etc etc.
More here: Linky.