Scotland’s governing party, the SNP, have set up a commission to advise them on aspects of their economic policy. They have appointed Andrew Wilson, a partner in major Scottish corporate lobby firm Charlotte Street Partners to chair the Growth Commission. This firm has taken the decision to not be a part of professional voluntary codes of conduct that ask for lists of clients to be published.
The party of government has a significant responsibility to uphold confidence in our democratic system. This commission’s recommendations have a very high chance of becoming Scottish Government policy. The Scottish public deserve to have high confidence and be offered transparency in the policy making process of their democratically elected government. We therefore urge SNP to:
- Move quickly to put into action the legislation passed in the last parliament for a statutory register of lobbying activity
- Urge Charlotte Street Partners to publish their client list in line with professional codes of conduct for the lobbying industry
- Or else replace Andrew Wilson with a Chair whose interests are transparent and are able to be checked against any recommendation the commission might make.