Monday 30 July 2018 / 11:27 AM Jon Trickett

Democracy is being severely undermined – Jon Trickett

Jon Trickett MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office, has written to the Charity Commission requesting an investigation into the allegations that the Institute of Economic Affairs broke charity law by engaging in extensive lobbying of Conservative ministers in pursuit of its extreme free trade agenda.

Commenting on the letter and the IEA scandal Jon Trickett said:

“When big money uses underhand ways to influence political decisions it’s difficult to avoid the conclusion that democracy is being severely undermined.

“The system is clearly not working if a registered charity, supposedly prohibited in law from having a political purpose, uses foreign money to lobby politicians to support its extreme political agenda.

“It is deeply worrying that senior Conservative politicians appear willing to engage in unaccountable backroom discussions on issues that are critical to the British people.”