Johnson government using Cambridge Analytica strategies

9 August 2019 — True Publica

By TruePublica: Boris Johnson was advised by Lynton Crosby throughout his Tory leadership race. As far back as 2013, Crosby has been a controversial figure to the Conservative party. There was a concern then that he influenced government policy in favour of his company’s clients. He got the Tories to dump plain packaging on cigarettes and curbed restrictions on alcohol. Through his business activities, Crosby has been seen as an enemy to those who advocate for the rights of asylum seekers, indigenous people, women seeking abortions and gay marriage activists. He was found to have been lobbying for the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association, which promotes fracking. Since Crosby became Tory election strategist in 2012, the government then dished out tax breaks for the oil and gas industry. Fracking opponents alleged a link at the time and is now accused of using Cambridge Analytica style campaigns to the results the Tories wants.

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Urgent: Don’t let MPs hit reset on the Gagging Bill!

20 January 2014 — Unlock Democracy

The clock is running. Tomorrow, the Lobbying Bill reaches its final stages in the House of Lords, and on Wednesday it will return to the House of Commons for a final decision. Thanks to the support of hundreds of organisations and thousands of people like you, the Lords have made essential changes to the bill to mitigate some of the worst consequences.

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Parties, Causes and Political Power By Ben Little

15 January 2014 — Soundings

By the time the Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill was published in summer 2013 it had become little more than a brutal attempt to shut down civil society influence on electoral politics. Any work in the public domain that could be seen to address matters of public policy would be covered by far stricter rules than previously; but corporate lobbying would be virtually untouched. Continue reading

English charity sector lobbied Hunt to keep controversial NHS privatisation rules By Andrew Robertson

14 August 2013 — OurNHS

Who benefits if charity leaders lobby for more competition in the NHS?

Charity boss Sir Stephen Bubb lobbied alongside the head of a private healthcare trade group to persuade Jeremy Hunt to not water down highly controversial “Section 75” privatisation regulations, according to new documents revealed today.

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Statewatch News Online, 7 June 2013

7 June 2013 — • e-mail:

1.    EU: Justice and Home Affairs Council, 6-7 June 2013: Day 1: Justice: Press release
2.    EU: NEW DATA PROTECTION REGULATION: European Parliament: Working documents, draft report and amendments 
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