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MPs ‘swayed more by charities than by businesses’ - February 2007

Charities have more influence on MPs than big business, according to research commissioned by the Hansard Society.

The study, which will be published in the society’s new publication Friend or Foe? Lobbying in British Democracy, found that 62 per cent of MPs claim to be more persuaded by arguments put forward by charities and interest groups than businesses.

A healthy 91 and 88 per cent said charities and interest groups respectively are effective at communicating with them, while just 57 per cent said the same of businesses.

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