• January 10, 2014

    The NCVO has clarified its concerns about the Lobbying Bill, which over 130 major NGOs see as a serious threat to free speech and action on public issues.

  • January 10, 2014

    TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady has warned that the Lobbying Bill is still threat to democracy and free speech.

  • January 9, 2014

    Much attention has been focused on the Transparency in Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning, and Trade Union Administration Bill in recent weeks – notably, its failure to tackle the real problem of 'big money' corporate lobbying, together with its attack on the democratic rights and free speech of non-party NGOs, charities, faith and belief groups and other civic organisations in the run-up to an election.

  • January 9, 2014
  • January 9, 2014

    The government will make some changes to its much criticised Lobbying Bill, but charities and NGOs say much more is needed.

  • December 16, 2013

    The government’s Transparency in Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning, and Trade Union Administration Bill – described in the Financial Times as “one of the worst pieces of legislation put before the Houses of Parliament for many moons” – enters Committee stage in parliament on 16 and 18 December 2013, and goes to Report stage on 13 and 15 January 2014. Ekklesia co-director Simon Barrow explains what is wrong with this dangerous piece of legislation and how it can be, and is being, challenged.

  • November 7, 2013

    Christian Aid has welcomed the limited concessions which the Government has made to its Lobbying Bill, but wants deeper change.

  • November 6, 2013

    The government needs to listen to charities, churches and unions, and to amend substantially those provisions in its lobbying bill which would curtail the legitimate advocacy functions of voluntary organisations, says the Christian think-tank Ekklesia.

  • November 5, 2013

    The Electoral Commission which was not consulted by the government before it developed its controversial Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill, which is in Committee stage in the House of Lords. The EC sent a briefing to peers yesterday (4 November 2013), backing a pause. It reads as follows:

  • November 4, 2013

    Peers will discuss the UK government's controversial Lobbying Bill tomorrow (5 November 2013).