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all ICHC members to ask them to protest to, and put pressure on the Coalition, about the
The Government has tried to push this vicious piece of legislation through without consultation and with virtually no time for scrutiny, clearly in the hope of rushing it through without people grasping the significance of the Bill.
It swept through the Commons but has now ground to a halt in the Lords due to the scale of protest and opposition. Here's the background .. ..
# 4 years ago David Cameron promised to take action to regulate lobbying, which he declared was "the next big scandal waiting to happen".
He has done nothing for 4 years !
# This Bill does nothing to tackle the pervasive and corrupt behind-the-scenes network of contacts between corporate lobbyists and Government Departments, beyond establishing a register of lobbyists, which only includes organisations dedicated full time to lobbying.
# Experts estimate this will cover about 1% of the lobbying that goes on.
What the Bill does do is seek to virtually shut down campaigning by charities and other campaigning groups by placing very severe financial restrictions on what they can spend (in the run-up to any elections) on campaigns which might bear on the campaigning policies of the national political parties - i.e. almost anything.
# This is clearly payback for the trouble some groups have caused the Government, e.g. massive online petitions and other forms of protest organised by 38 Degrees played a major role in stopping the privatisation of forests and in delaying and nearly derailing Coalition changes to the NHS.
# Charities and campaigning groups have created a huge storm of protest, which has succeeded in forcing a delay to the Bill.
# Organisations normally totally opposed to each other such as the League against Cruel Sports and the pro-fox hunting Countryside Alliance have come together to condemn this measure.
# There is huge scepticism about whether the Government, in agreeing to pause the Bill, is really willing to listen or whether it intends to return with merely cosmetic changes. You will recall the pause on the NHS Bill.
# So now it is important that maximum pressure is put on Government to make real changes.
WHAT DO WE WANT YOU TO DO?
E-MAIL MARK GARNIER AND CHLOE SMITH
Does our MP have a part-time job "down-the-road" at M.I.6 ?
Parliamentary Secretary to the Cabinet Office
The Minister steering this bill
TO DEMAND BIG CHANGES
TO CONTACT CHLOE
SMITH, the quickest way is through the website of 38 Degrees: http://www.38degrees.org.uk/.
Click on CAMPAIGNS, then on CHLOE SMITH: DON'T GAG THE CAMPAIGNERS.
(They also provide arguments to include in your email).
TO CONTACT MARK
GARNIER, email him at: email@example.com
If you are a Wyre Forest constituent, please ensure that you include your name and full address on your letter.
WHAT SHOULD YOU SAY TO THEM?
PLEASE USE THE FOLLOWING BULLET POINTS (PLUS THE NOTES ABOVE) AS A BASIS FOR YOUR E-MAIL_
The Bill is deeply anti-democratic
Many of the organisations affected have hugely greater membership than the Tory party
- or any other political party.
For example the RSPB has over a million members compared to the approximately 100,000 Tory members (though that's a figure that is shrinking fast !).
It is deeply cynical and undemocratic to seek to prevent them representing their members' views in public debate.
While charities will be restricted and their staff threatened with CRIMINAL charges if they exceed their permitted figure, corporate lobbyists and political donors
will face no such restriction.
To give an example, Alcohol Concern would be gagged while the big drinks companies would continue to have unfettered direct and indirect access to Ministers and be able to donate huge sums to Tory coffers.
The Bill does nothing to regulate the role of Big Money in politics.
Four years of inaction, then a rushed consultation-free Bill are a clear indication of the Government's lack of will to tackle the Big Money issue (from which the Tories benefit most) and of the dishonourable nature of their motives, i.e. to APPEAR to be doing something about lobbying, while in fact silencing inconvenient voices.
The Bill should be withdrawn and redesigned, dropping the restrictions on charities and other campaigning groups, and, as a minimum compelling all lobbyists to be registered.
WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR ?
DO IT .. AND DO IT .. .. NOW !
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