As the Lobbying Bill reaches its final parliamentary stages, we are alarmed that Part 2 has hardly been amended despite the concerns of hundreds of charities and campaigning organisations. It remains a serious threat to freedom of speech and association and would silence non-party campaigning on some of the most important issues facing the country.
This is a deeply unpopular Bill, the need for which has yet to be substantiated, even at this late stage. We hope that a combination of Labour, Cross-bench peers and some backbench Liberal Democrat and Conservative peers will be able to defeat some of the worst elements of the Bill in votes at Lords Report stage on 15 January.
The Integrated Education Fund thinks Part 2 of the Bill should either be withdrawn or radically overhauled at Lords Report stage. We would urge you to write to your peers, MPs and Ministers immediately if you haven’t already done so. You can access template letters and names and addresses of peers, MPs and Ministers here.
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