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International Day of Democracy: What Does Taking Back Control Mean To You?

Three months since the UK voted to, in the words of Vote Leave, “take control”, and two months since Theresa May pledged that “when we take the big calls we will think not of the powerful but you,” we seem as far from achieving those UN targets as ever. Just last week, Theresa May’s government formally opposed Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe’s Lobbying (Transparency) Bill in the House of Lords, which aims to unpick the damage caused by David Cameron’s sham UK lobbying register and replace it with a comprehensive register along the lines of those adopted by the EU, USA, Canada, Australia and more recently the Republic of Ireland and Scotland. Thankfully, the House of Lords disagreed and the bill has proceeded to the committee stage.