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MP accepts gagging law petition but rejects concerns

Sir Tony Baldry MP officially opened the offices of G4S Integrated Services at Banbury Business Park.

Sir Tony Baldry MP officially opened the offices of G4S Integrated Services at Banbury Business Park.

Voters worried about new legislation on lobbying have handed a 200,000 signature petition, mounted by campaign group 38 Degrees, to Banbury MP Sir Tony Baldry.

Lorraine Newman of Hook Norton expressed concern that part of the Bill will prevent anyone other than politicians campaigning on major issues in the year prior to an election.

“The Commission for Civil Liberty and Democratic Engagement regards part two of the Bill to be fixed or scrapped as they say it is an infringement on freedom of speech and democracy,” she said.

Mrs Newman said campaigners against the bill are worried that it is being rushed through to be effective by April2014 – a year before the next election.

Sir Tony said: “No one is suggesting charities, NGOs and other organisations should not campaign for what they believe in. The provisions of the Bill only bite if an organisation is campaigning in support of a particular candidate or party.”

 

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