The lobby in transition: what the 2009 MPs' expenses scandal revealed about the changing relationship between politicians and the Westminster Lobby
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AbstractThe 2009 MPs' expenses scandal was one of the most significant political stories of modern times. It raised questions, not just about the ethics and behaviour of MPs but also about the relationship between politicians at Westminster and the political correspondents who follow them on a daily basis, known as ‘the lobby’. For the significance of this scandal, in media terms, was that the story was not broken by members of the lobby but came from outside the traditional Westminster news gathering process. This paper examines why this was the case and it compares the lobby today with that which was described and analysed by Jeremy Tunstall and Colin Seymour-Ure in their respective studies more than 40 years ago. The article concludes that the lobby missed the story partly because of the nature of the lobby itself and partly as a result of a number of specific changes which have taken place in the media and the political systems over the past 40 years.
CitationGaber, I. (2013) 'The lobby in transition: what the 2009 MPs' expenses scandal revealed about the changing relationship between politicians and the Westminster Lobby' Media History 19 (1):45
PublisherTaylor & Francis