Alliance for Lobbying Transparency

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The Alliance for Lobbying Transparency is a UK-based organisation formed in September 2007[1] and formally launched in January 2008[2] and concerned with the influence of lobbying on government decision-making.[3]

The Alliance is also campaigning for a mandatory lobbyists register,[4] while the UK Public Affairs Council is a lobby industry body supporting self-regulation. The UKPAC published its first register in March 2011 and the Alliance was immediately critical, saying an estimated 85-90% of lobbyists were shunning it,[5] and highlighting condemnation by Austin Mitchell MP and others.[6]


Alliance members include charities, campaign groups and a trade union.

Some Alliance members are also supporters of a related European initiative, the Alliance for Lobbying Transparency and Ethics Regulation (ALTER-EU), a coalition concerned with corporate lobbyists' influence on the political agenda in Europe.


The Alliance has received funding via a grant from the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust's Power and Responsibility programme, and gets support from coalition members.


  1. ^ "Written evidence submitted by Tamasin Cave, SpinWatch". Political and Constitutional Reform Committee. Retrieved 25 August 2012.
  2. ^ "Unlock Democracy: Launch of Alliance for Lobbying Transparency". Retrieved 25 August 2012.
  3. ^ Wheeler, Brian (21 March 2010). "Lobbying and British politicians". BBC News. BBC. Retrieved 25 August 2012.
  4. ^ "About ALT". ALT. Retrieved 25 August 2012.
  5. ^ "Up to 90% of lobbyists shun new transparency register". Lobbying Transparency. ALT. Archived from the original on 2013-12-10. Retrieved 26 August 2012.
  6. ^ "Lobbyists' voluntary register is 'riddled with errors'". Lobbying Transparency. ALT. Archived from the original on 2013-04-15. Retrieved 26 August 2012.
  7. ^ Mathiason, Nick (9 July 2012). "Finance industry's multimillion-pound lobbying budget revealed". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 25 August 2012.
  8. ^ "Sign Up: Open Up Lobbying. Open Up Politics". Unlock Democracy. Archived from the original on 2012-05-15. Retrieved 25 August 2012.

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