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The Greensill scandal reveals the flaws in our lobbying system

Lobbying is essential in politics. But for full transparency, the regulations must be reformed

By Hannah White  

David Cameron has said his work for Greensill Capital broke “no codes of conduct and no government rules.” Photo: Russell Hart / Alamy Stock Photo

David Cameron has finally broken his silence on the stories circulating in the media about his work for Greensill Capital. His 1,800-word statement emphasises that he has broken “no codes of conduct and no government rules,” but adds that, having “reflected on this at length,” there are “lessons to be learnt.” 

Most of those calling for reform of the rules on political lobbying do not seek to prevent or even limit it. Lobbying plays an essential role in politics: lobbyists connect politicians with the multitude of different interests—individual, social and business—who have a right to represent their views…

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