Campaigning on lobbying law falls at final hurdle

The House of Lords amendments made in response to sector campaigning around the government’s lobbying legislation, and rejected by the Commons, failed to get back on track on Tuesday’s return to the Lords. This effectively ends the debate before the legislation becomes law, but sector bodies such as ACEVO are promising that the matter “does not finish today”.

BBC News coverage  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-25934660, Stephen Bubb from ACEVO is worth a read too, http://bloggerbubb.blogspot.co.uk/2014/01/gagged-we-shall-see.html and NCVO, from before the latest Lords votes, for what had not been achieved, http://blogs.ncvo.org.uk/2014/01/23/lobbying-bill-its-ping-pong/.

Electoral Commission guidance on implementation will be the next focus, to ensure that the administrative process is as clear as possible. We’ll have more details on implications of the law, as it now stands, when they are available.