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Shipley fires broadside at the RIBA over 'ineffective' lobbying

Debra Shipley, parliament's self-appointed spokeswoman for architecture, has launched a scathing attack on the RIBA's political lobbying campaign.

The MP for Stourbridge said she was 'extremely disappointed' with the institute's lobbying strategy and its 'inability to get the message of architecture to ministers'.

Shipley told a RIBA West Midlands regional meeting that the institute was ineffective in its relations with government, and had failed to get the lobbying message to its regional membership.

'As far as I can see, the political arm of the RIBA has not progressed the concerns and interests of architecture, ' she said, adding she was particularly annoyed with the institute's attitude to her Parliamentary All Party Committee on Architecture.

However, the RIBA's head of government relations Jonathan Labrey rejected the accusations as 'totally wrong', insisting substantial progress hadbeen made in the last two years. He said Shipley's comments displayed a lack of knowledge about the institute's activities. 'It is simply untrue that the RIBA is not engaging with government and parliament in a positive manner, ' he told the AJ.

'The RIBA has been campaigning vigorously with the government on a range of issues.'

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