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Jon Trickett MP, Labour's Shadow Cabinet Office Minister, said in response to reports that companies have been paying up to £1,800 a head to meet ministers, senior government advisers and MPs at a series of networking events previously banned by the Cabinet Office:

"These revelations leave serious questions for David Cameron to answer if he is to avoid the suspicion that lobbyists believe they can buy influence with his government. In opposition David Cameron said lobbying was the next scandal waiting to happen, and here we have a company charging thousands of pounds for dinner with his ministers, special advisers and top civil servants.

"We need meaningful regulation of lobbying, until the Prime Minister grasps this and listens to Labour's reform proposals his government will be dogged by questions of this kind."

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