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Why the 2017 election will be just like 2015

April 19, 2017

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Among the thousands of General Election 2017 posts bashed out by the bloggerati over the next few days, most will point to a dramatic shift in the political climate since 2015. But for campaigners, there is one thing that remains the same: the law. The Lobbying Act remains in place. Attempts to reform it have been […]

Campaigners must be vigilant to freedom of speech threats

April 10, 2016

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Campaigners gave a “cautious welcome” to the Hodgson Review of the Lobbying Act. But there are still significant threats to charity and campaigners' freedom of speech.

Who are the undecided voters in the general election?

May 5, 2015

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Political polling has taken on an even greater significance in 2015 with the general election being so unpredictable and the media desperate to try and call the final result. And despite this unpredictability, the polls published in the papers always seem to be so confident. Yet, there is always one striking omission from the numbers: […]

Charities: unleash your press officers

April 30, 2015

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The Lobbying Act has had a dampening impact on what charities have been able to campaign on during the election. It has succeeded in muzzling the sector from campaigning on anything which could be seen to influence how the electorate vote. Despite reassurance from industry bodies like the PRCA that campaigners should continue with business […]

How to respond to UKIP-voting neighbours

April 14, 2015

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One of my friends was pretty disgusted that her neighbours had put up a “Vote UKIP” poster. So her and the kids created their own brilliant response to display in their windows. Which got me thinking that other people might want to do the same. Maybe even in the UKIP colours – so here’s a […]

How much did Boots spend attacking Labour?

February 3, 2015

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The Lobbying Act is in full force and charities are apparently scaling back political comment in fear of being reprimanded by the Electoral Commission for being a non-party campaigner. But corporates are not so shy. Take Boots’ attack on Ed Miliband and the resulting argument with the Labour party. With the Lobbying Act limiting spending on regulated PR […]

Another threat to charities’ freedom of speech

January 11, 2015

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Want to sneak out a threat to freedom of speech in the UK? Worried about the backlash from charities and campaigners? Not to fear, Friday December 19th (or “fall-over Friday”) was a perfect time to bury some bad news. Or at least, this is presumably what was being discussed at the Charity Commission when deciding how to deal with […]