Gagging effect of lobbying law felt by charities

The Commission on Civil Society and Democratic Engagement has published its fourth report, on the impact of the Lobbying Act in the run up to the general election this year. Their own headlines is “freedom of speech clearly damaged”, and charities across the spectrum ranging from the Quakers to the Badgers Trust felt gagged by the law.

The Commission is now calling on Government to repeal the legislation, or at least suspend it, before the May 2016 devolved administration elections in Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, and London.

See the Commission’s news release, or a longer piece on Civil Society News which is also worth reading.

Direct download link for the report (pdf, 138KB) ‘Non-party Campaigning Ahead of Elections: Consultation and Recommendations relating to Part 2 of the Transparency in Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning, and Trade Union Administration Bill’. Or go to the Commission’s publication page for all reports and briefings.