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Campaigners air bill concerns with MP

Amber Rudd meets protestors about the Government's proposed legislation to prevent charities lobbying MPs in the 12 months prior to a general election

Amber Rudd meets protestors about the Government's proposed legislation to prevent charities lobbying MPs in the 12 months prior to a general election

A GROUP of campaigners met with the town’s MP to voice their concerns over the forthcoming Lobbying Bill.

The proposal, if it becomes law, will limit the role charities and campaign groups can do, campaigners fear.

Gary Morga, of Warrior Square, St Leonards, said: “This is a law that would dramatically reduce what charities and campaign groups can do for a whole year before any election. We handed in a petition to ask our MP to take a stand and protect freedom of speech. The law is currently being debated in the House of Lords, but it may well be coming back to the House of Commons soon, so it’s really important to see where our MP stands on the issue.”

Hastings MP Amber Rudd said: “These proposals, which limit the amount of money that can be spent at election times, are only for those campaigning for the electoral success of a particular party or individual, those campaigning only on policy issues will be exempt.

“It is clear there has not been enough publicity and cooperation with charities to ensure they are aware that this will have no impact on their policy work. I support charities and I will take the time to look again at the bill.”

 

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