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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.

New man to give away Soros fortune

George Soros has put a new man in charge of giving away his multi-billion dollar fortune. The hedge fund manager-turned-liberal activist yesterday named Christopher Stone, a criminal justice professor from Harvard, to run his Open Society Foundations.

Pat Murtagh: We should say no to tyrants' cash

Good lobbying is not all about contacts. It is about building a solid case

Reaction: Lobbying company faces investigation by its own industry

The trade body which represents the UK's public relations and lobbying industry is to investigate Bell Pottinger over claims made by executives during a business pitch to undercover reporters. The reporters were posing as representatives of the repressive Uzbekistan regime, which has a long history of human rights abuses.

The Business Secretary, Vince Cable

No. 10 changes its tone over lobbyists

Policy influenced 'where we think they have legitimate concerns'

Steve Richards: Now we see this industry has oversold itself

Cabinet ministers are human beings. They know people. They have friends and former colleagues who are sometimes also friends. Some of their friends and former colleagues become lobbyists. Their closeness to ministers is the reason they secure lucrative jobs.

Lord Bell, the beleaguered chairman of Chime Communications, parent company of Bell Pottinger, is pictured last night outside the lobbying company's Mayfair offices

Revelations: How lobbyists' tentacles spread throughout the Government

Senior executives at Bell Pottinger claimed they could arrange meetings with the Business Secretary's special adviser on behalf of a client.

Rwanda: How dare you accuse our client of genocide (video)

A public relations firm whose senior management has close links to the Liberal Democrats said they had created an internet "attack site" for the government of Rwanda over accusations it had been involved in genocide.

Leading article: Exactly what journalism should be

In response to our exposé of how Britain's lobbying industry trades on claims of access to the heart of the Government, Lord Bell – one of the industry's most prominent figures and a former media adviser to Margaret Thatcher – has complained that our coverage was "an attempt by unethical, underhand deception to manufacture a story where none exists".

Bell Pottinger referred to claims that Prince Andrew 'will follow where the chequebook is'

The Palace: Furious reaction to company's claims of royal links

Bell Pottinger boasted of its "links" to the Royal Family to potential clients representing a brutal central Asian dictatorship and suggested that it might be able to organise a royal tour of the country on their behalf.

(From left to right) Graham McMillan, Mark Adams and Sir Martin Sorrell

MPs demand stronger controls to make lobbying industry accountable

The Independent's

revelations spur politicians to action

Lobbyists - full related links

Following the 6 December revelations in The Independent over Britain’s secretive lobbying system, we have compiled the following collection of related links.

MPs demand reform of secretive lobbying system

The Government faced calls today  from both Tory and Labour MPs to reform Britain’s secretive lobbying system in the wake of revelations in The Independent.

Caught on camera: top lobbyists boasting how they influence the PM

Special undercover investigation: Executives from Bell Pottinger reveal 'dark arts' they use to burnish reputations of countries accused of human rights violations

Sir David Richmond, a key player in Bell Pottinger’s international division

The Sting: The fake 'Azimov Group' meets Bell Pottinger

Britain is gaining a reputation as an international centre of image laundering, with the lack of regulation meaning that PR companies can represent the most repressive regimes without public scrutiny.

Oliver Wright: Vested interests are entitled to argue their case, but it must be in the open

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