Back as an MEP Caroline Lucas lamented the European Parliament “dragging its feet on the implementation of the rules for lobbyists.” So why then has she given a parliamentary pass to one?
Granted James Humphreys was a Green candidate at the last election, but he is also a former Downing Street civil servant, and not the first to walk through the revolving door of lobbying, or as he calls it “strategic communication”. He is the director and joint-owner of Woodnewton Associates who have a range of public sector clients. For now.
No mention of Humphrey’s severing any ties with the company while taking the taxpayers’ shilling.
Last year Lucas told the Compass Conference that she was dedicated to “curbing the influence of businesses and lobbyists on political decision-making”. Guido tried to put a call into her office to see how giving a lobbyist unfettered access to Parliament helps with this aspiration. It seems they have closed down until next month. Presumably she has gone to Climate Camp, though James is expected back in Woodnewton office tomorrow morning…