“The Hansard Society has active support from all political parties for our work in promoting effective parliamentary democracy.
We are an independent and non-partisan educational charity working to stimulate knowledge of and interest in democracy through research, publications, influential seminars, online debate and deliberation, groundbreaking activities with young people and public meetings. Our work aims to strengthen parliament by encouraging greater accessibility and closer engagement with the public.
The Society was formed in 1944 to promote the ideals of parliamentary government when it was seen to be threatened by fascist and communist dictatorship. Its first subscribers were Churchill and Attlee, the then Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister. From that time, the Prime Minister of the day and leaders of the main opposition parties have publicly supported the work of the Society and the Speaker of the House of Commons is our President”.
Given the aims and the history of the Society, it is a shame that one of its corporate sponsors is GlaxoSmithKline.
I’m sure regular readers of Seroxat Secrets will be aware of Glaxo’s attempts to undermine Parliamentary democracy when it was uncovered ‘warning off’ MPs in order to stop them signing critical Early Day Motions laid down by Paul Flynn MP.
The collected posts are here for your easy reference.
You might also like to look at Bob Fiddaman’s latest post on the Society and its Big Pharma sponsors.