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Campaigners mustn’t feel chilled by the Lobbying Act

July 16, 2018

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The turmoil in British politics increases daily – and with it the possibility of a General Election within the next 12 months. Such an election would mean that any activity currently underway which could be seen as influencing the way people vote would be covered by the Lobbying Act and Electoral Commission’s regulations. Recent research from the Sheila […]

The Lobbying Act: Everything is not OK

June 1, 2015

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With the General Election over, the public debate about the Lobbying Act has subsided and the restrictions it placed on campaigners have been temporarily lifted. But the Act sent charities reeling during the campaign, the pernicious impact of its stifling threat to freedom of speech is still being felt and confusion caused by poor Electoral Commission […]

The social media election? No, 2015 should have been the integrated election

May 6, 2015

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With so much of the electorate undecided in 2015, the spotlight rightly falls on how party communications has failed to excite, inspire and drive votes. Commentators were quick to dub Thursday’s poll as the first social media election. But of course, it was never going to live up to this hype. What it should have […]

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: […]

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 […]

Three predictions for charity campaigns in 2015

January 5, 2015

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With the political parties kick-starting the longest General Election campaign in history this week, politics will clearly have a major impact on charity campaigns in 2015. But as PR Week reveals, it’s not the only issue campaigners and charity PRs will face in (early) 2015: 1. The Lobbying Act will continue to confuse charities and campaigners. Part 2 of the […]