David Cameron will today to publish a bill cracking down on union funding as the Tories attempt to shift the political spotlight away from their elections adviser Lynton Crosby, a lobbyist for several controversial industries.
The main thrust of the new lobbying bill is to force all third-party lobbyists to publish a full list of their clients to bring “sunlight” into the dealings between the government and outside interests.
They will include Mr Crosby, an Australian pollster whose firm Crosby Textor has advised the tobacco, alcohol, property development, airport and oil industries.
The prime minister is under pressure to disclose whether he had conversations with Mr Crosby before he dropped plans for plain cigarette packets and minimum alcohol pricing in the spring. Downing Street will