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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-15034526

Plans are under way to give the heads of the UK's 50 top companies a hotline to individual government ministers.

The ministerial "buddies", including Business Secretary Vince Cable, will be just a phone call away for firms like BP, British Gas and GlaxoSmithKline.

The Department for Business said the idea - designed to boost investment - had been welcomed by the companies.

But Labour said it was an admission that big business had "lost confidence" in the government.

The scheme, first reported in the Times newspaper, is being set up by trade and investment minister Lord Green - the former chairman and chief executive of HSBC.

The Department for Business said it was at a "very, very early stage", but there was "a need for strategically important companies to have a single point of contact in the government".

It could be expanded in the future to include more firms.

Ministerial code Six ministers are expected to take part in the scheme, including Mr Cable, who is said to be in line for a link-up with BP, British Gas and Shell. Before entering politics, Mr Cable worked as chief economist for Shell.

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Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt is expected to be in touch with communications and information companies, while enterprise minister Mark Prisk is said to be planning to team up with automotive companies like Nissan and Honda, and aerospace firms.

Universities and science minister David Willetts is expected to "buddy up" with healthcare companies like GlaxoSmithKline and Novartis, while Lord Green himself is reportedly set to link up with General Electric.

Lord Sassoon, commercial secretary to the Treasury, is also expected to play a role in the programme.

A spokesman for Lord Green said the scheme would "fit with the ministerial code of conduct to avoid conflicts and potential conflicts of interest".

The Department for Energy and Climate Change said it would build on existing relationships between ministers and business.

"Departments will still talk with their stakeholders during the normal course of business," a spokesman said.

"It does not necessarily follow that the best minister to lead on a company would be the one who was most vulnerable to lobbying from that company."

For Labour, shadow business secretary John Denham said the scheme was "an admission that big companies have completely lost confidence in the ability of government to understand their concerns and priorities".

"But sorting out problems for individual companies is not a substitute for the government working with business to produce a clear vision and growth plan for the UK economy to enable us to compete in the world," he said.

There's a word for this.

So who is your ministerial 'buddie'? I'm assuming you all have a hotline to a minister. You're a voter after all, not just a corporate seeking favours and lower tax.

No mention who is Bob Diamond's 'buddie' - Osborne?

Presumably Dave will stick with Murdoch/Newscorp as his 'buddie'?

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this is wrong.plain and simple.

corporatocracy got us into this mess,they sure as hell are not the people to lead us out.(but neither are the big-government marxists who are waiting to pounce on the pre-planned "collapse".....which they initialised in the first place)

if baraks deeds match his rhetoric of late,I think I might be warming to the guy.He seems to have grown a pair.(jury is still out,but he's certainly been pointing out some rather blatant errors within the ranks of the business community.)

he just needs to ease up on the government programmes,and slash regulations for the small guy/business.......still waiting for that.

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It's OK, as the article says, they're working it so that there won't be any conflicts of interest. Things like, I dunno - David Willetts MP, who has close ties to and shares in companies like SensorTec, Universal Sensors Ltd and Cawood Inc. (developers and manufactures of bio-sensors) could never be allowed to look after Novartis (developer of the world leading Procleix Tigris bio-diagnostic and sensing system). That would never happen.

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As a voter do I get a hotline? No.

Corporations as entities do not have the vote. They are self interested psychopathic entities, even if the people who make them up are not.

I have attended meetings which sort to discuss the lobbying of government in the favour of particular policies that I am sure none of the members of that meeting would have voted for in a month of Sundays.

This is bad news.

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The Department for Business said the idea - designed to boost investment - had been welcomed by the companies.

No sh*t!

How can they be so brazen, yet have so little opposition to this crap? Unbelievably! :(

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A spokesman for Lord Green said the scheme would "fit with the ministerial code of conduct to avoid conflicts and potential conflicts of interest".

"Fit with the ministerial code of conduct" whatever the "code of conduct" is these days. Likely the "anything goes" code of conduct again.

No corruption there, no conflict with voters' interests at all.

At a guess it's going to be more cheap labour and rip off Britain.

Edited by billybong

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