• 29 Jan 2014

    The UK government may believe it has triumphed by overturning even the House of Lords’ modest amendments to the Lobbying Bill. When this becomes law, it will gravely damage democracy and human rights. But defenders of freedom of expression, peaceful assembly and association will not give up easily.

  • 22 Jan 2014

    NGOs have reacted with anger after the government used the whip to vote down amendments to its controversial Lobbying Bill.

  • 16 Jan 2014

    Even with the changes agreed as result of the Report Stage in the House of Lords this week, the UK government's Lobbying Bill remains a huge restriction on civil society campaigning compared to the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000.

  • 15 Jan 2014

    A series of amendments are being tabled to the Lobbying Bill by Lord Harries today (15 January 2014), for which we offer a full briefing below.

  • 16 Dec 2013

    Amendments in line with recommendations in the second Commission on Civil Society and Democratic Engagement (CCSDE) report on the government's Transparency in Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning, and Trade Union Administration Bill have been tabled by Lord Harries, the former Anglican Bishop of Oxford, for debate at Committee Stage in parliament on Monday 16 and Wednesday 18 December 2013.

  • 4 Dec 2013

    On 30 November 2013 government e-petition supported by Ekklesia and established by sick and disabled people passed the 100,000 signature mark. The organisers, most of whom are living with a serious illness or disability, were delighted and very grateful to all who signed.

  • 31 Aug 2013

    Following the UK parliamentary vote against military intervention in Syria, an MP has called for a redoubling of humanitarian support.

  • 30 Aug 2013

    Having followed some six hours of the House of Commons debate on Syria yesterday (29 August), while channeling news, commentary and media requests for Ekklesia, it was evident to me that concern, questioning and scepticism were the dominant feelings being expressed.

  • 28 Aug 2013

    Westminster's only Green MP has warned that an attack on Syria could have severe consequences for civilians, and for the Middle East region.

  • 28 Aug 2013

    Despite what may or may not be discovered by the UN Inspectors in Syria in the days to come, all the signs are that Obama and Cameron are not in any mood to pause, says Caroline Lucas MP. She sets out details of her own parliamentary motion on the subject, and issues a call to the Prime Minister to publish solid legal advice.