The government’s proposed Lobbying Bill has come under heavy criticism amid fears that it will adversely affect charities and other organisations. The Bill would place a cap on the amount that organisations, not including political parties, can spend during elections.
Shadow Leader of the House of Commons Angela Eagle has said:
“This is a Bill that lets Lynton Crosby off the hook, but gags charities and campaigners from having a say. No wonder the public think David Cameron stands up for the wrong people.”
The Bill is so controversial that it has united a wide range of groups and individuals against it; Labour List, Conservative Home and Lib Dem Voice have all called on MPs to vote against the Lobbying Bill.
Karl Wilding, from the National Council of Voluntary Organisations said:
“This bill takes us from a situation in which charities and community groups largely understood the rules on what they could do, into a position where no one has any idea what the rules are, but may nevertheless face criminal prosecution for getting them wrong. This is the inevitable consequence of rushing legislation through without any consultation.
“I would like the government to give serious consideration to putting its proposals on hold. This would give them the chance to consult properly on a solution that addresses concerns about undue influence in politics without the risk of sweeping every charity and community group in the country into a deeply burdensome bureaucratic regime.”
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