One year away from the 2015 General Election, the Labour Party are concluding their policy reviews for the manifesto launch. The MP chairing the review of the Party’s private pension policy, also runs the Party’s City fundraising network. You have helped your client make the case to this MP for a policy change on pension charges. Your client suggests making a substantial donation to the fundraising network with a view to securing a one-to-one meeting with the MP when the issue could be raised. He asks you to facilitate this.

Although, in this example, the donation would be made to the fundraising network (and not to the MP personally) his position with the network means that this could easily be seen as a benefit to him, establishing an obligation to the client.

Clause 7 of the APPC Code of Conduct states

Save for entertainment and token business mementoes, political practitioners must not offer or give, or cause a client to offer or give, any financial or other incentive to any member or representative of an institution of government, whether elected, appointed or co-opted, that could be construed in any way as a bribe or solicitation of favour.  Political practitioners must not accept any financial or other incentive, from whatever source, that could be construed in any way as a bribe or solicitation of favour.