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‘Tough cookie’ Alison White lands lobbyist registrar job

‘Tough cookie’ Alison White lands lobbyist registrar job

🕔12.Sep 2014

Former Business Link West Midlands chief executive Alison White has been selected to become the first ever lobbying ‘tsar’.

White, the Government’s preferred candidate for the role of Registrar of Consultant Lobbyists, was quizzed by the Commons Political and Constitutional Reform Committee at a pre-appointment hearing yesterday.

She told MPs she is “a tough cookie” who would not be bullied by lobbyists.

The appointment, which is expected to be confirmed, marks a remarkable turnaround for Ms White who left Business Link West Midlands five years ago.

The organisation initially described her disappearance as a temporary leave of absence. She eventually left after just over a year in office.

Shortly afterwards she became head of the General Dental Council.

Ms White has also held senior executive positions at National Pharmacy Association, Nestor Healthcare Group and the Royal Mail.

Asked by Labour MP Paul Flynn whether she was capable of standing up to “devious” lobbyists, Ms White said: “I will be listening carefully to what all stakeholders have to say… but I will not be unduly influenced by anybody,” she told the committee.

She added: “I think it’s very important indeed that I’m not seen to have my tail being wagged by any kind of dog, whether or not it’s an industry dog or a government dog.”

Her new role will be to approve a register of lobbyists wishing to make representations to Government. All consultant lobbyists will be required to disclose the names of their clients on a publicly available register and to update those details on a quarterly basis.

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