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Savers will be offered pensions “with expensive, and confusing fees”, following a dramatic climbdown by the pensions minister, Steve Webb, over charges.

In November the Business minister Ed Davey backed a tougher code, but was then subject to intense lobbying

Government report on pub laws was written by lobbyists

Civil servants copied and pasted from letter sent by powerful body representing big firms

Government drops plan to regulate ex-ministers

Before the last election David Cameron said he would make it illegal to break ban on lobbying

Leading article: Only a register of lobbyists will do

The Augean stables will not clean themselves. That David Cameron's former director of policy has taken a job at the lobbying company Portland, apparently without the proper clearances, is just the latest evidence that the rules supposedly governing the revolving door between the political establishment and the lucrative world of lobbying are simply not working.

Cameron aide broke rules by joining lobbying firm

One of David Cameron's senior Downing Street advisers has broken rules meant to stop former government officials from trading on their inside knowledge of Whitehall and access to ministers, The Independent has learnt.

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Lobbying: calls for transparency over former MPs' access to Parliament

Dozens of MPs who left the Commons at the last election have taken jobs in organisations involved in lobbying and have been given passes that give them privileged access to Parliament, an investigation for The Independent has established. Research by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism found that one in five of the 79 MPs who have applied for Former Members' Passes after the 2010 election now work for companies or organisations with a possible interest in influencing present MPs.

Leading article: A pass is for elected MPs, not for life

In some respects, the rules are clear. An MP who earns money outside Parliament which relates in any way to his status as an elected member of the legislature has to make a declaration. In writing. In a register that is regularly updated. There are penalties for those who do not comply. The boastful comments of Tim Collins, managing director of Bell Pottinger, as recently revealed in The Independent, might suggest that professional lobbyists, in contrast, live in a world where no rules apply. But that is not so.

Oliver Wright: Transparency is the key to this problem

When the former MPs' pass scheme was set up seven years ago those behind it had honourable intentions. They wanted to make the transition a litle easier from being an MP one day to being unceremoniously ejected from the House of Commons the next.

Stephen Lloyd says: 'A lot of what an MP does looks like social work'

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Christina Patterson meets backbench MP Stephen Lloyd who thinks we should give them another chance.

Bell Pottinger's Tim Collins, who boasted of his access to senior figures in the Coalition government

Death knell for self-regulation as lobbyists' watchdog collapses

Body representing disgraced Bell Pottinger, among others, pulls out of plans for new register

Lord Bell, the chairman of Bell Pottinger's parent group

MPs to investigate lobbying and firms' links to ministers

A parliamentary investigation into lobbying firms, including Bell Pottinger, and their links with ministers is to be launched.

Parliamentary inquiry into lobbying to call Bell Pottinger executives as witnesses

Nearly two-thirds of MPs want lobbyists registered, though support is lower among Conservatives

Chatham House: Lobbyist link with leading think tank

Britain's most prestigious think tank published a report by a lobbyist on a subject in which his client had a direct interest, The Independent has learnt.

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