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'Gagging bill' petition received by MP
6:00pm Thursday 12th December 2013 in News
DOZENS of people from in and around Ilminster came together on Saturday to present their MP with a petition.
Ry Coffman, on behalf of 38 Degrees, and supporters handed a petition against a ‘gagging law’ signed by 188,000 people nationwide to David Laws MP during his advice centre at the 3D Sensory Centre in Wharf Lane.
It asks the coalition Government to re-examine – and amend or scrap – the Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill going through the House of Lords.
Mrs Coffman said: “The Bill is being rushed through Parliament with the intention of being in force a year before the run-up to the election in 2015.
“The Bill will severely curtail the activities of charities and democratic campaigning groups like 38 Degrees, while allowing corporate lobbying to continue practically unaffected.”
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