Browsing All posts tagged under »Lobbying Act«

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 […]

Charities must have the freedom to campaign

January 17, 2018

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Charities have a vital role to play in campaigning for positive social change as they are well placed to spot the unintended consequences of legislation and can highlight gaps that risk leaving sections of our society behind. Even the Charity Commission for England and Wales acknowledges that while charities must be independent from party politics […]

Corporate Election Watch: British Gas

May 9, 2017

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Have British Gas / Centrica fallen foul of the Lobbying Act in their attack on plans for a price freeze?

The perils of PRs jumping “all in” on the Election

April 24, 2017

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Agency bosses calling on their clients to jump “all in” on the General Election in PR Week seemed, on the surface, like sound advice. But it misses a vital point: legally they may find themselves on dodgy ground if they do. Much of the debate on the regulations of ‘third party campaigners’ during General Elections has […]

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.

Five ways the Lobbying Act could be improved

June 17, 2015

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The negative impact of the Lobbying Act is clear. It has had a damaging effect on campaigners and is a threat to freedom of speech. But it is here to stay. That’s why the PRCA Charity and Not-For-Profit Group has developed five recommendations for the Hodgson Review of Third Party Campaigning to consider: 1. Reduce […]