The growing practice of councils employing lobbyists to try to influence government decisions will be condemned by ...
The growing practice of councils employing lobbyists to try to influence government decisions will be condemned by Welsh secretary John Redwood, reports the Western Mail (p1).
Mr Redwood will single out Llanelli BC for spending money on lobbyists in an attempt to become a unitary authority.
The paper says that Mr Redwood fears Britain is moving towards the 'pork barrel' politics of the United States where voters regard every politician as someone also paid to represent commercial interests.
Mr Redwood will claim cash spent on lobbyists is a scandalous waste of public money and an attempt to subvert the democratic process.
Llanelli BC leader Wynn Jenkins said the council 'wouldn't have had to bother' with lobbyists if it hadn't been forced by the Welsh Office to wage a vain fight to become a unitary authority, the paper reports.