Lobbying, the subject of this chapter, has been the most enduring source of corruption in British politics. The common view that British politics is marked by high standards was damaged by a series of episodes under the Conservative government of John Major, under the governments of New Labour 1997–2010, and during the period of the coalition 2010–15. Under Major, the stream of cases led to the setting up of the Committee on Standards in Public Life in 1994 and to the passage of new rules concerning the registration of interests by MPs. The Labour leader Tony Blair announced that in office he would run a rigorously clean administration. But a sting by a newspaper showed an advisor in the Blair government boasting of his ability to gain preferential access for clients. A string of decisions ranging from the treatment of cigarette advertising in Formula One motor racing to the awarding of government contracts was soon suspiciously linked to donations to the Labour Party. In 2010 three former Labour Cabinet members.
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