John Trickett, shadow Cabinet Office minister, comments on the Bureau of Investigative Journalism lobbying sting operation:
“These are very serious allegations involving a former member of the Conservative frontbench as well as some of David Cameron's closest confidants inside Downing Street and his cheerleaders in the media.
“We have been calling on the Government to implement a statutory register of lobbyists. We need reform to ensure that there is no question of the rich and powerful buying access to the prime minister and his advisers.
“As we saw during the Adam Werrity affair which forced Liam Fox's resignation, this is a government which appears to be too close to corporate interests but desperately out of touch with families, businesses and young people struggling to get by.”